The Penguin Book of Contemporary Canadian Women's Short Stories

The Penguin Book of Contemporary Canadian Women's Short Stories

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"The short story seduces and provokes infidelity. You will be untrue to the four walls of your room, the weather outside, the city or field, supper bubbling on the stove. You will give up everything--the armchair, your lover, your children--and step through, briefly but absolutely gone."--from the Introduction by Lisa Moore

Master short story writer and novelist Lisa Moore brings her talents to The Penguin Book of Contemporary Canadian Women's Short Stories , an enthralling and irresistible collection of twenty-two established writers and talented new voices who attest to the richness and continued popularity of the short story.

Featuring writings that span the last two decades of the twentieth century and those of the present--described by Moore as capturing "the buzzing paranoia of post-9/11 ... the white noise of the information age ...dislocation, bomb scares, sexual freedom, aberration, fractured identities, nakedness, awakenings of every sort, redemption, and love"--this volume includes pieces by the best storytellers, among them "Wenlock Edge"by Alice Munro, "Spring Song of the Frogs"by Margaret Atwood, "Chemistry"by Carol Shields, "The Concert Party"by Mavis Gallant, and "Italian Postcards"by Jane Urquhart. The collection also presents wonderful stories by Jacqueline Baker, Bonnie Burnard, Lynn Coady, Camilla Gibb, Eden Robinson, and Madeleine Thien.

"Sometimes I found myself reading the stories here for a second, third, or fifth time, determined to discover how they worked, but at the very last minute, I always fell in. The stories were like swimming pools, and just when I leaned in close enough, I'd lose my balance, be fully submerged."--from the Introduction by Lisa Moore

Authors featured: Margaret Atwood
Jacqueline Baker
Bonnie Burnard
Lynn Coady
Libby Creelman
Ramona Dearing
Mavis Gallant
Zsuzsi Gartner
Camilla Gibb
Jessica Grant
Elisabeth Harvor
Francis Itani
Nancy Lee
Linda Little
Annabel Lyon
Alice Munro
Emma Richler
Eden Robinson
Carol Shields
Madeleine Thien
Jane Urquhart
Alissa York

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2006
ISBN: 9780670065523
Branch Call Number: FIC Pengu 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xvii, 366 p
Additional Contributors: Moore, Lisa Lynne 1964-


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Sep 14, 2013

I really enjoyed the diversity that Moore picked for this collection of stories. From established authors to new voices, there is a discovery for everyone as well as comfortable delights. I found I relished the new talent: fresh, brazen and quick; whereas the older generation has a real talent for manipulating language through subtlety and distance. Not all will appeal, but I found that all the stories are very well balanced - I didn't find a weak story in the bunch, which is a testimony to our rich literature.

I do have one regret: Moore did not include any Canadian Francophone writers, many of whom are translated. I thought that was a sore oversight.

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