Vanishing And Other Stories
2 journalers for this copy...
I can thank author Cathleen With (Having Faith in the Polar Girls' Prison) for putting me onto this book. We were talking about the availability of Canadian books in the big book stores and my little rant at the District Manager for my local Coles store. In that conversation she mentioned doing a book signing/talk in Calgary with Deborah Willis, Calgary being Willis's home town. While shamefully my local Coles did NOT have With's book in stock or anything at all by Gabrielle Roy (in this Roy's 100th birthday year), they did have this book. Two copies! I bought one of them.
Looking forward to reading it.
I'm beginning to wonder if I am just a pushover for short stories - that I'll read and love them all, no matter what the calibre - or whether I've just been extremely lucky in the books I've chosen to read. This is my fifth book of stories read for John Mutford's 3rd Canadian Book Challenge and I don't think I've made a negative comment yet. And I'm not going to again. I loved these stories and I am amazed that they're the product of such a young (Willis is 26 I think - younger than my children!) new author. Seriously, I did have to question myself. Was I just impressed that the book was published by Penguin who does not, as far as I know, publish any old shlock? Or do I so want female Canadian authors to be successful that I'll go to bat for them no matter what? I don't think so, I think these stories are truly the work of a talented writer.
Admittedly, Willis does write from a female perspective and that is, perhaps naturally, what I can most relate to and what made Atwood and Munro and Laurence early favourites of mine. She also writes about favourite literary landmines of mine - couples and families and love. And while one of the stories is entitled "Vanishing", they are all about vanishing, leaving, disappearing - emotionally or physically.
But despite all of this commonality, the stories are all refreshingly different. While I liked them all, perhaps my favourite is "Caught" that imagines possible ways a love triangle of a middle-aged woman, one of her students and her husband might play out.
If you like short stories I highly recommend this book.
Journal Entry 3
Delta Hotel - 350 St. Mary in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, June 28, 2010
Released 9 yrs ago (6/28/2010 UTC) at Delta Hotel - 350 St. Mary in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
at the 2nd floor ladies' room.
This book was released for the 2010 Canada Day release challenge (running June 25 - July 4) in celebration of Canadian books and authors.
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Journal Entry 4
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, June 28, 2010