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Award-winning author Diane Schoemperlen's twenty-one exceptional stories showcase all the magic, charm, and intelligence of her novel Our Lady of the Lost and Found. Written over the past twenty years, and drawing upon a wide range of themes, subjects, and styles, these thoughtful selections are infused with Schoemperlen's freshness of observation and unique gift for narrative. "Losing Ground" is a remarkable coming-of-age story in which the harsh realities of death and discrimination start to impinge on a young ...

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Overview

Award-winning author Diane Schoemperlen's twenty-one exceptional stories showcase all the magic, charm, and intelligence of her novel Our Lady of the Lost and Found. Written over the past twenty years, and drawing upon a wide range of themes, subjects, and styles, these thoughtful selections are infused with Schoemperlen's freshness of observation and unique gift for narrative. "Losing Ground" is a remarkable coming-of-age story in which the harsh realities of death and discrimination start to impinge on a young girl's life. In "The Man of My Dreams," the truths of a disintegrating relationship counterpose and merge with the dream world of the narrator. And in the title story, items of a woman's clothing carry the memories of past years, illuminating the truths of life-its sorrows, its mysteries, and its consolations.

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The Washington Post
Many of Schoemperlen's stories are experimental in form, and these are often her most moving. In "The Antonyms of Fiction" the narrator approaches the fact of a loved one's death through short sections titled "Fact," "Truth," "Reality," "Non-Fiction," "Poetry" and "Fiction," moving from the bare details of the death through memories of the past to a final, angry acceptance. It is a brief, resonant story that showcases Schoemperlen's greatest attribute: a high-intensity focus on life's most essential moments, defined by its most ordinary details. — Elizabeth Roca
Kirkus Reviews
Tales both new and previously collected (this is the author's sixth story volume) that are almost universally one part Alice Munro, one part Donald Barthelme. Canadian storywriter and novelist Schoemperlen (Our Lady of the Lost and Found, 2001, etc.) is never satisfied with straightforward character and plot, and more often than not endeavors to undermine traditional strategy with pieces fragmented in one way or another. "This Town" is a portrait of small-town Canada through a point-by-point ("General Information," "Climate," "Population," etc.) tourists' guide. "Hockey Night in Canada" finds the national sport used as an emotional screen for the romantic body-checks of quiet domestic life, while a writer (in "The Man of My Dreams") imagines her life in a sequence of dreams that render its broken nature, its rootedness in the imagination, and the ultimate cloister of existence. In "The Look of the Lightning, the Sound of the Birds," a woman laments the boredom of her life to such an extent that she fixates on local murders and on the carefree life of a friend, but can't tell if she's afraid or angry. And in "Five Small Rooms (A Murder Mystery)," a nonlinear succession of poetic description captures the emotions of a life's trajectory, its odd architectural meander: ". . . the young cephalopod at first lives in the centre of its shell, but as it grows larger, it must move forward, sealing off each chamber behind itself. This would be like shutting a door and having it permanently locked behind you." The 21 stories here cover 20 years' worth of effort (Forms of Devotion, 1998, etc.), and the craft of fiction comes to the fore just as often as does the absurd. Occasionally, you wish for morethan just a gimmick, but just as often, beneath the experimental facade, it's possible to detect something simple and human, even routine. The strategies are a challenge, the themes familiar. In all, smart and imaginative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142003206
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/24/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Schoemperlen is the author of Our Lady of the Lost and Found; In the Language of Love; and five short story collections, including Forms of Devotion, which won the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1998; and The Man of My Dreams, which was nominated for a Governor General's Award and a Trillium Award.

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Table of Contents

Losing Ground 1
This Town 22
Frogs 30
Hockey Night in Canada 44
Clues 58
Tickets to Spain 71
A Simple Story 91
The Man of My Dreams 112
In a Dark Season 138
Red Plaid Shirt 145
Stranger Than Fiction 161
Railroading or: Twelve Small Stories with the Word Train in the Title 180
The Look of the Lightning, The Sound of the Birds 201
Mastering Effective English (A Linguistic Fable) 218
Nothing Happens 233
A Change is as Good as a Rest 241
The Antonyms of Fiction 252
Weights and Measures 258
Forms of Devotion 269
How Deep is the River? 279
Five Small Rooms (A Murder Mystery) 294
Publishing History and Notes 305
Permissions 309
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