We so Seldom Look on Love

We so Seldom Look on Love

by Barbara Gowdy


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781883642006
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Publication date: 06/28/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Barbara Gowdy is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel Falling Angels. She lives in Toronto where she is presently at work on a new book.

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NOW IN PAPERBACK, this masterfully crafted story collection by the author of the internationally best-selling novel Mister Sandman is a haunting book that is certain to both disturb and entertain. With a particular focus on obsession and the abnormal, We So Seldom Look On Love explores life at its quirky extremes, pushing past limits of convention into lives that are fantastic and heartbreakingly real. Whether writing about the dilemma of a two-headed man who attempts to expunge his own pain, the shock of a woman who discovers she has married a transsexual, the erotic delusions of a woman who repeatedly exposes her body to an unknown voyeur, or the bizarre predilections of a female necrophile (a story made into the acclaimed motion picture, "Kissed"), Gowdy convinces us with incisive detail, only to disarm us with black humor. In reviewing the book in the Boston Globe, the novelist Carol Shields wrote, "Barbara Gowdy invites herself, and us, into taboo territory where love and disgust mingle freely. Nothing seems to hold back the narrative flow, not propriety, not politics, not even that ambiguity we once called good taste . . . Gowdy writes about the macabre, but she writes like an angel."

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We so Seldom Look on Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ellialic on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I loved this collection. The short stories here can be disturbing and taboo, but where Gowdy excels is in crafting her characters, who are at once strange and familiar. There is not a single character in this collection that I did not empathize with.The writing is fantastic. Gowdy captures the mindset of her characters perfectly in the prose.I tore through this collection, and would recommend it to anyone who isn't afraid of reading shocking stories that touch your heart in unexpected ways.
jules72653 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Sometimes uncomfortable topics are nonetheless well written and intriguing. Gowdy is an excellent writer.