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Faithful and Other Stories
Guernica Editions, Fall 2017
168 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771831680
ISBN10: 1771831685
English
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

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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 ache, Daniel Karasik's Faithful and Other Stories evokes a world of seekers, characters panning for meaning in environments by turns hostile, mystifying, and enchanted. This collection brings together stories honoured with the CBC Short Story Prize, The Malahat Review's Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for Fiction, and the Alta Lind Cook Prize.
What the family does not know is that on Saul's last night he broke his silence. Emphatically. At dusk. After four days without words, my husband said, quite loudly: Were you there? He raised his head from the pillow. Yes, he said, certainly you were there. I leaned in from my bedside chair, I took his hand, you'd think I would've been shaken, wouldn't you, after so much silence, to hear his voice, but no silence can be held indefinitely, except perhaps the silence of God.

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Faithful and Other Stories