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Shattered Fossils
Guernica Editions, Spring 2020
250 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771834858
ISBN10: 1771834854
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

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Shattered Fossils, a collection of short stories, takes its title from themes of the irretrievable past, particularly within Ark of Gopherwood, in which the narrator describes his friend as someone who has pieced together elements of the historical past, to create a more complete picture of history. From the short story in which a character enters a "painted sidewalk," the collection moves into an exploration of the creation of memoir and memory. Some of the stories, but especially one about a 'bard,' set in Montreal, another set in Iceland and one set off the coast of England, contain ghosts. The last is told from a ghost's perspective. Her husband, a mathematician, has called her from the shadows. While she was alive, he insisted time was immutable. Now he is attempting to solve the equation that will bring her back.
I imagine, Thomas, wherever you're headed, you'll be winding your timepiece; while down here, I'll be waiting around for a woman who makes Purgatory look like Paradiso.

Books by Sharon Lax

Shattered Fossils