Western Taxidermy

Western Taxidermy

by Barb Howard


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Roadkill stuffed and presented as art, an OB/GYN appointment gone horribly wrong, and government spies with a weakness for salmon bagels and Timmy Ho's.Tender, satirical, and occasionally absurd, Barb Howard's new story collection Western Taxidermy is a perfect introduction to one of Western Canada's most high-spirited literary voices.In these sixteen stories, Howard effortlessly balances wry social commentary and prairie gothic, pairing humans and animals in clever and unexpected ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927063118
Publisher: NeWest Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Barb Howard is a third-generation Calgarian who worked as a lawyer and a land contract analyst before receiving her M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary. In 2009, Barb received the Writers' Guild of Alberta (Howard O'Hagan) Award for short fiction. She has also won contests in Alberta Views and Canadian Lawyer, and was also a finalist at the Western Magazine Awards. Barb's first novel, Whipstock, was published by NeWest Press in 2001. Since then, Barb has published the novella Notes for Monday (Recliner, 2009), and the young adult novel The Dewpoint Show (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2010). Barb currently lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta with her husband, a pair of easygoing sons, and one neurotic dog.

Table of Contents

Western 9

Big Fork Campground 21

My Brother's Shit-Kickers 33

Basic Obedience 47

Eulogy for the Feminist Movement 59

Thanks Giving 69

Porch Jocky Revial 83

Breaking the Mould 101

Vacuuming the Dog 111

Last Seen at Teeny Town 117

Mrs. Goodfellow's Dog 129

The Smile that Bites 141

Marking Territory 155

Hydrocyst 169

Buckaroo Drive-Thiru 179

Stil Making Time 185

Previous Publication 215

Acknowledgement 207

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