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The Midwife of Torment & Other Stories
Guernica Editions, Spring 2017
190 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771831628
ISBN10: 1771831626
$15.00 Canada, $15.00 US

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The Midwife of Torment & Other Stories is a collection of sudden fiction that compresses its narrative to deliver a variety of stories that alternate the flavour of a philosophical reflection with the whimsical enchantment of a fable with a twist. These stories also often dwell on the strange--and the horror--found in our mundane lives. Stories that, on occasion, also leap as far as speculative fiction or swirl in a lyrical exploration of prose narratives. Divided into six sections, Midwife explores human and non-human voices through narrative weighing at less than one thousand words, and the vast majority weighing at less than five hundred. Included are a series of black and white lithograph-like original drawings commissioned specifically for this manuscript from the Portuguese visual artist, João Ventura.
You walk out. You walk out as if you had no plans to return. I say no, don't go. I say it in the only way I know: a sigh and a lowering of the eyes.--From "The Wait"

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