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A Destroyer of Compasses
Wade Bell
2003
Sometimes lyrical, sometimes tough, these stories deal with the foibles and frailties of acutely drawn characters pursuing freedom, love, beauty and adventure amidst the stark realities of life, whether at the end of a dictatorship in Spain, on an exotic Mediterranean island or as a Spanish bride-to-be first encountering Canada....
A Feast of Brief Hopes
Bruce Meyer
2018
There are unseen forces in our lives that shape who we are and what we become. How we respond to those forces determines our futures. These stories examine how characters respond to the unexpected. Do we carry our memories of the beautiful moments of life with us into death? And,...
A Place of Light
Mary Bucci Bush
2007
Each of these impeccably crafted and sensitive stories is built around the outstanding ordinary individuals, the eccentrics of the rural working class of Mary Bush's native upstate New York. These are gritty depictions of the day-to-day lives of the hardworking poor, carrying with them their secret burdens. At the cores...
A Rogue's Decameron
Stan Rogal
2018
A Rogue's Decameron consists of ten tales based within the spirit of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and Boccaccio's The Decameron: extravagance, joy and ribald humour around sex, lust, vice, death and other “hungers” of human beings. Using similar framing technique as these works, the stories explore themes such as social commentary and...
A Second Coming: Canadian Migration Fiction
A Second Coming
Canadian Migration Fiction
Don Mulcahy, F.G. Paci, Caterina Edwards, Cyril Dabydeen
2016
Migration stories are an essential component of Canada's historical/literary continuum; we need to know of such writings to rationalize about who Canadians really are, and where they are from. Aren't we all the children of migration? Where we came from, how we got here, who we were, and are, and...
After the Fireworks
Raymond Filip
1989
Raymond Filip's subject is alienation, and he writes about it with a stylistic gusto that's as characteristic as a thumbprint... [His] unusual prose style percolates enthusiastically, stretching English to new limits as his characters explore their own. -- Books in Canada
American Stories
Pierre-Yves Pépin
1996
Pierre-Yves Pépin, born in the 1930s, is a geographer and a writer by trade. In the early 1980s, he travelled in the United States, Central and South America. Pépin drove a small truck and was known as Don Pedro. American Stories takes its roots in that journey.
Anthony: A Composite Novel
Anthony
A Composite Novel
Shayne McGreal
2021
Following a stranger hoping he's a long-lost friend. Breaking into a relative's home to retrieve your antidepressants. Planning to get pregnant, getting pregnant, and trying to tell your husband you don't want the baby. Waiting all evening for your wife to compliment your appearance, running a social experiment and getting...
At the Copa
Marisa Labozzetta
2006
With humor and poignancy, Marisa Labozzetta's stories expose the social and sexual turmoil of men and women in the time as she puts it "the old age of youth." In "The Knife Lady," a seemingly happily married suburbanite receives a jolt of sexual panic with the visit of a woman...
Blessed Harbours: An Anthology of Canadian-Hungarian Writers
Blessed Harbours
An Anthology of Canadian-Hungarian Writers
John Miska, Eva Tihanyi
2002
Commemorating the 115th anniversary of Hungarian immigration to Canada, this anthology provides a representative picture of the themes, styles, and aspirations of Hungarian-Canadian literature. Revealing the entire spectrum of a colourful culture with ancient roots and a literary tradition in a state of constant renewal, this collection features not only...
Bombay Wali & Other Stories
Veena Gokhale
2013
Twelve stories that provide startling glimpses of contemporary life in Bombay, and elsewhere. A wealthy business woman compelled by the desire to hurt her best friend; an old woman in a Tokyo apartment seeking the touch of a baby's hand; a woman reflecting on violence as a riot rages outside...
Bridge in the Rain
Bianca Lakoseljac
2010
Bridge in the Rain is a collection of interconnected short stories set in present day Toronto and linked by an inscription on a bench in High Park. The stories chronicle the travails of seven women, each dealing with a turning point in her life, be it making a career choice,...
Changing The Face of Canadian Literature: A Diverse Canadian Anthology
Changing The Face of Canadian Literature
A Diverse Canadian Anthology
Dane Swan
2020
Needless to say, moments like now, when the hurdles to becoming a respected author are at their lowest. When the only hurdles to being published are the quality of your writing and your patience to deal with certain less and less important gatekeepers. Moments in history like this, must be...
Cut Road
Brent Van Staalduinen
2022
Containing a rich mix of acclaimed and award-winning stories, Cut Road is a masterful exploration of the loss and scars that conflict always leaves behind. Where soldiers abandon too much of themselves in war zones, parents relinquish control of their children, and friends struggle with change and tragedy. From the...
Date With Destiny
Hélène Rioux, Jonathan Kaplansky
2016
In this collection of ten short stories, the main characters -- women between the ages of 13 to 88 -- see death appear suddenly in their daily lives: in the pages of a novel written by a former lover, in a farewell letter abandoned on a living room coffee table,...
Dead Voices
F.G. Paci
2019
Dead Voices is a collection of stories that are both seriously realistic and comically whimsical. They have everything from superheroes who get sick on words, to the appearance of dead playwrights, to the visit of saints and sinners from the past, to a hot stove discussion on hockey and love....
Down in the Ground
Bruce Meyer
2020
Dying is not merely the domain of the dead; it is a shared experience. What remains after someone has passed are the memories, that reflections of the past and those who have passed, and the challenges everyone faces in the wake of loss. Down in the Ground is a collection...
Expulsion & Other Stories
Marina Sonkina
2015
Expulsion & Other Stories consists of two parts: a novella followed by a group of short stories. But the main protagonists have one thing in common: they are all women coming of age in difficult times. In the short stories, set in post-Stalinist Russia, the women are confronted by dictatorship's...
Eye
Eye
Marianne Micros
2018
Myth, folklore, and magic permeate the stories in Marianne Micros' collection Eye. Set in ancient and modern Greece, and in contemporary Europe and North America, these tales tell of evil-eye curses, women healers, ghosts, a changeling, and people struggling to retain or gain power in a world of changing beliefs....
Faithful and Other Stories
Daniel Karasik
2017
A boy finds a vocation as a weaver of bread. A Russian woman, thought dead, e-mails greetings to her adolescent sister in a Canadian suburb. An investment banker vanishes and is found fifteen years later when his daughter discovers a painting of herself in a distant gallery. With wit and...
Freeze-frame
Lise Gauvin, Nigel Spencer
2012
This is a translation by two-time Governor-General's award-recipient Nigel Spencer of award-winning Quebecois writer Lise Gauvin's 2003 short story collection. The collection features intimate spaces within public places and how these can encroach on one another in subtle yet dangerous ways.
Help Me, Rhonda & Other Stories
P. David Hornik
2019
The fourteen stories in this collection are roughly evenly divided between those set in Israel and those set in the U.S.; a couple occur in vague, exotic places including an imagined Greenland. The lead--and longest--story, “Help Me, Rhonda,” features two American immigrants in Israel, a man and a woman, the...
Holy Fools + 2 Stories
Marianne Ackerman
2014
The characters in Holy Fools + 2 Stories are humble people who may seem mad. Burdened by delusion. Driven by irrational goals. They take action and are caught up in the web of events, carried to unfamiliar shores that may or may not denote salvation. There is no message. I...
How to Tell if Your Frog Is Dead: Stories
Julie Roorda
2019
A tour guide leads a Valentine's Day-themed ghost walk, visiting the sites of horrific, yet romantic, deaths. A homicide cop solves tough cases using tips from his plants. Scientists discover a new species of religiously observant gophers, and a young math whiz, on the hunt for her escaped boa constrictor,...
Island of the Nightingales
Caterina Edwards
2000
These are stories of women searching for identity and place and purpose in an international world of professors and bricklayers, mafiosi and hockey stars. The stories of these women are contained in those moments when different cultures and different values intersect, when dislocation and fragmentation lead to awareness. Edwards takes...
Kaidenberg's Best Sons: A novel in stories
Kaidenberg's Best Sons
A novel in stories
Jason Heit
2020
Kaidenberg's Best Sons is an enthralling portrait of a community starting over in a new land. In a series of linked stories, author Jason Heit explores the lives and fortunes of people bound together by tradition, heritage and history, yet riven by envy, greed and lust. When a community of...
Kiss of the Beggar
Pierre L'Abbé
2005
Whether it's Toronto, a French or Italian town, Pierre L'Abbé's stories are rich with a sense of place where the ambiance and characters fuse in a loaded sense of expectation. The characters, much like those in Henry James, challenge the norms of their overbearing societies. Nothing turns out as expected,...
Kissing a Tree Surgeon
Eleanor Levine
2020
In Kissing a Tree Surgeon, worlds traverse the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in New Jersey; Southern women get kidnapped by North Koreans; a Dutch girl solicits money on OKCupid; a young woman meets Golda Meir on an Upper East Side bus in New York City, and other deliriously satirical moments occur. Here...
Life Stories
Nora Ikstena, Margita Gailitis
2013
I have written Life Stories virtually in the space of one breath -- these stories have been imagined in such concentration, that I had to free myself from them. They came so naturally, that I am very happy to have returned to the short-story format. It seems to me that...
Looking Through My Mother's Eyes: Life Stories of Nine Italian Immigrant Women in Canada
Looking Through My Mother's Eyes
Life Stories of Nine Italian Immigrant Women in Canada
Giovanna Del Negro
2004
This look at the traditional and subversive world of women's folklore examines the realm of women's talk, exploring the ways Italian immigrant women from Montreal use classic folk genres to stretch the boundaries of their culture. Through songs, lullabies, bawdy riddles, and trickster tales, these women subvert, redefine, and alter...
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