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Pull Gently, Tear Here is critically acclaimed poet Alexandra Leggat's first collection of short stories. In these short tales about fitting in, the lives of the characters are pulled in circles as pieces of their identity are torn away by the day to day events shaping their lives.
In 'Dodger', a young boy who escapes his abusive family searches for empathy from petty criminals and an affluent woman whose flawless life cracks when their worlds cross paths. In the satirical story, 'Acrylic Dreams', Leggat reveals that something as superficial as nail polish can produce a radical effect on men. And in the poignant 'All Trapeze Artists and Clowns', we experience one character's struggle to achieve the trappings of success in life - the happy relationship, the satisfying career and the proud family - then, upon attaining these treasures, realizing that it's not all it's cracked up to be.
Written in a rich poetic style that resonates with warmth and meaning, Pull Gently, Tear Here allows the reader to peer into the quiet desperation of the characters as they try to keep their lives together.
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About the Author
Alexandra Leggat studied journalism at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto. Her collection of poetry, This is me since yesterday, was published in the spring of 2000. Pull Gently, Tear Here was nominated for the Danuta Gleed First Fiction Award. Her poetry, fiction and articles have been published in magazines across Canada and the U.S.