Winner, Jubilee Short Fiction Award, Canadian Author's Association
Winner, Fiction Award/First Book Award/City of Regina Award; Saskatchewan
In this powerful, award-winning first collection of stories, Joanne Gerber uses intricate, visually-detailed images to examine the lives of people having to come to terms with difficult circumstances in their lives. Their spiritual considerations which challenge comfortable orthodoxy defy the reader to remain emotionally uninvolved. A young woman struggles to make sense of her terminal illness, in a brilliant examination of a person's crisis of faith, as well as the brilliant use of visual images, from both nature and famous paintings. Another story presents a man who is suicidal after the wedding of two very good friends, but not for the reason we'd expect.The entire second section of the book is autobiographical, and contains linked stories concerning a man with mental illness and the havoc that is wreaked in his family because of it, and because of the religious faith that keeps them bound together in a deadly situation.
"The collection is beautifully written and the images linger in the mind long after reading. Judging from her first effort here, Gerber has a promising career ahead of her."-Globe and Mail
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About the Author
Joanne Gerber grew up in Ontario and has lived and worked in Regina since the mid-1980s. Joanne has written educational material for publication, as well as audio-visual scripts, and has taught creative writing at the Canadian Bible College in Regina for a number of years. In addition to her award-winning fiction, she is developing a reputation as a librettist, working on a chamber opera project with composer David McIntyre.