Tornados and Other Seasons: A Collection of Short Stories

Tornados and Other Seasons: A Collection of Short Stories

by Gail Taylor

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Overview

On a steaming hot day in August in the title story of Tornado and Other Seasons, a dancing black funnel rips into the farm of Earl Stiles, and seventeen-year-old Anne Stiles comes to a decision about her future. In the love story, Puzzles, eighty-year-old Nell Webb comes down to breakfast a few weeks after her husband Dan's funeral to find him waiting for her in a shaft of sunlight at the kitchen table, smiling and holding out the newspaper, ready to start the cross word puzzle.

The six stories in Tornado and Other Seasons peer at the delicate divide between social normalcy and individualism, between the logic of emotions and the unpredictability of life. The central theme of each story is caprice: the best-laid plans in an otherwise orderly day can take a sharp turn upon encountering a hitchhiker, a death in the family, or a sudden change in the weather.

They are stories about love and loss: loss of competence, loss of youth and vitality, of property or a means of living, or loss of life. And they are stories about love: the all-consuming love of a child, of a partner, of the fine arts, or the love of making meaning. Sometimes the lost characters are 'found'; sometimes not. But each changes his life.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013405356
Publisher: Punkin House
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 275 KB

About the Author

Gail Taylor is a new Canadian writer and recovering bureaucrat who wandered into a creative writing class in 2005 and never left. She grew up on a farm in southern Ontario, Canada, where the land is flat and the weather unpredictable, thereby giving rise to the title story of this collection, Tornado.
Her fiction has been published in 18 literary reviews and journals in the USA and Canada, Turkey and the UK, including Random House of Canada, The Evansville Review, Wilderness Literary Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Menda City Review and Dark Coast Press. She has also published non-fiction articles in the ezine, Canadian Actor Online.
She earned the Certificate in Creative Writing at University of Toronto in 2009 with Honors. In 2007, her short fiction won the Random House of Canada student award and another fiction piece was shortlisted for the Random House prize in 2008. Subsequently, in 2009, her collected fiction was shortlisted for the Marina Nemat award in creative writing at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.
While managing organizations within government, she produced several reports and studies on public management topics. Her last posting was Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Municipal Board, a large adjudicative agency in the government of Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Mathematics and a Masters of Arts in Social Policy from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

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