Bad Imaginings

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In these ten short stories, Caroline Adderson adopts a brilliant array of perspectives ranging from that of a nineteenth-century prospector, to a chambermaid in WWI Victoria, to two long-time friends trying to sort out the eighties. The intensity of these deeply imagined stories is stunning.

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Overview

In these ten short stories, Caroline Adderson adopts a brilliant array of perspectives ranging from that of a nineteenth-century prospector, to a chambermaid in WWI Victoria, to two long-time friends trying to sort out the eighties. The intensity of these deeply imagined stories is stunning.

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Editorial Reviews

Georgia Straight

'Astonishing. There really isn't another word to describe Caroline Adderson's first book, Bad Imaginings, a collection of 10 stories so superior it is almost impossible to believe the author is only 30 years old -- though it is entirely possible to see why she was recently nominated for a Governor General's Award.... These often funny and always adventurous stories are deeply felt and wildly imagined tributes to our own fragile, blinkered lives. And they fulfil the only real condition of art: they make you feel richer for having read them.'

Globe & Mail

'Bad Imaginings is the sort of book that stays with a reader long after it has been closed. A singular book, deep and mature. Caroline Adderson deserves congratulations.'

Vancouver Sun

'... a collection that challenges the soul as well as the intellect.'

The Toronto Star

'... wit, flair for language, and wickedly uninhibited perception.'

The Afterword

'Adderson is one of this country's best -- and least heralded -- short-story writers. Like Lisa Moore, Adderson's stories have been characterized as "difficult" by people groomed to expect some neat moral at the close, or some clever twist à la Poe or Maupassant. Adderson, who rightly acknowledges that stories are closer in spirit to poetry than to novels, is more interested in language than in traditional notions of plot or character development; her stories are small stylistic masterpieces. Never showy or ornate, they epitomize Jonathan Swift's prescription for good writing: "Proper words in proper places." Although in Adderson's case, the word "proper" should be understood as "unexpected and delightful." '

— Alex Good & Steven W. Beattie

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889841727
  • Publisher: Porcupine's Quill, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Adderson lives in Vancouver. Bad Imaginings was shortlisted for a 1993 Governor General's Award and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She has also written two novels: A History of Forgetting was published in 1999, and Sitting Practice in 2003. In 2006 her second collection of short stories, Pleased to Meet You, was longlisted for the Giller Prize.

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