The Whole Beautiful World: Stories

The Whole Beautiful World: Stories

by Melissa Kuipers

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The Whole Beautiful World: Stories by Melissa Kuipers

Original, witty, and subtle, these stories feature characters who must navigate life in a small town, and will appeal to fans of Miriam Toews and Kathleen Winter.

This collection of beautifully crafted short stories features complex characters whose internal struggles manifest in their most intimate relationships, told by a writer with a compassionate eye.

A narrator watches her social sphere deteriorate after her boyfriend’s rough-housing leads to his best friend’s tragic paralysis. Childhood sweethearts, finally united later in life, find that they are not the soulmates they believed themselves to be. After her mother becomes depressed after a miscarriage, a daughter takes on the role of caregiver.

Set in fictional small rural towns, these stories explore young people who grow up against a religious backdrop, mothers who baulk against society’s imposed identities, and characters who explore their individual roles within their families as they navigate sexuality, suffering, and shame. These narrators are blunt and sometimes obsessive, but bravely optimistic as they strive to be the best versions of themselves.

As her characters struggle to discern deception from reality, using their limited resources to parse charm and charisma from credibility, Kuipers understated style is full of dark wit and detailed observation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927366639
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Melissa Kuipers was born and raised on an egg farm in Aylmer, Ontario, and she grew up in a tight-knit Dutch-Canadian Christian community. She holds a Masters in English in the Field of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. She has been published in the Rusty Toque, Grain, Joyland, Ryga, Qwerty, and the Puritan. Melissa lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her husband, Mark, and infant son, Elliott.

Table of Contents

Mourning Wreath 1

Mood Ring 13

Pretty Prayer 27

Maternity Test 35

The Missionary Game 41

Mother-of-the-Bride Dress 51

Two-Toned House 63

Ploughshares into Swords 73

Holy Oil 85

Barn Cats 95

Bacon Bits 99

Looking for Drama 113

Cat Food Trees 123

Happy All the Time 133

Mattress Surfing 155

Road Pizza 165

The Whole Beautiful World 175

Acknowledgements 197

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