Aquarium

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'Mike Barnes brings to Aquarium a deceptively relaxed precision and a grown-up acceptance of puzzlement as a natural state of mind.'

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Overview

'Mike Barnes brings to Aquarium a deceptively relaxed precision and a grown-up acceptance of puzzlement as a natural state of mind.'

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Editorial Reviews

Globe & Mail

'Barnes chooses his narrative turns with delicacy, avoiding high drama and epiphanies in favour of keen, incremental observation of his characters.'

Best of '99 Toronto Star

'... fiercely alive, marked by a sharp, unerring eye for detail and a wonderful way with metaphors.'

citation for Danuta Gleed Literary Award - Bonnie Burnard

'Mike Barnes brings to Aquarium a deceptively relaxed precision and a grown-up acceptance of puzzlement as a natural state of mind.'

National Post
You don’t need a weatherman to know which way this wind is blowing: it’s toward Raymond Carver country, the narrow, enclosed spaces of American minimalism, where the affirmations are ambiguous and stunted, where (after your girlfriend walks out on you), you sip your beer wondering what the hell to do with your life, where there’s a good chance that the landlord thinks, with some justification, that you’re a bum.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889842090
  • Publisher: Porcupine's Quill, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.71 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Barnes is the author of the novels Catalogue Raisonné and The Syllabus, the short fiction collections Aquarium -- winner of the 1999 Danuta Gleed Award -- and Contrary Angel, and two poetry collections, Calm Jazz Sea, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial award, and a thaw foretold. His stories have appeared twice in Best Canadian Stories, three times in The Journey Prize Anthology, and won the Silver Medal for Fiction at the National Magazine Awards. He was the subject of a feature issue of The New Quarterly (Summer 2001) which included an interview and three new stories. In 2008 he released his first non-fiction title, The Lily Pond: A Memoir of Madness, Memory, Myth and Metamorphosis. Formerly a piano teacher, fishing guide, janitor, steelworker, dishwasher, clock salesman, security guard, English teacher, in recent years he has been working as a private tutor. He lives in Toronto.

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