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Expulsion & Other Stories
Guernica Editions, Fall 2015
260 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550719451
ISBN10: 1550719459
$15.00 Canada, $15.00 US

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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 mundane face -- a minor bureaucrat, a school teacher, a doctor. Nobody spells out the rules of survival to the young girls and women, yet each learns to play -- or pays the price, that of facing “expulsion”. The novella “Face” shares a similar motif of expulsion but takes the reader to a different place -- the urban sprawl and property greed of modern Vancouver.
She was the first one to respond to my ad and, when I saw her on my porch, her head and face completely covered with a scarf and veil, I was slightly taken aback. In a city of more than a million Asians, I had expected not a Muslim but a young Chinese woman to knock on my door.

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