Zero Gravity is Toronto author Sharon English's second collection of short stories. The book is rooted in Vancouver, with side trips to British Columbia's Kootenay mountains, Montreal and Delphi, Greece. English's characters lead accelerated lives only to be seized by spiritual emptiness. Their attempts to escape by joining, by quitting, by falling in and out of love make for funny, insightful and intense reading. The author presents a fly's-eye view of urban experience, coming at city life from multiple angles that unite, as the book progresses, into a vivid experience of isolation and adaptation. The book's unusual imagery and controlled prose deliver an edgy and anxious commentary on a new century.
|Publisher:||Porcupine's Quill, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.56(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.63(d)|
About the Author
Sharon English is the author of two collections of short stories. Zero Gravity (Porcupine's Quill, 2006) was long-listed for the 2007 Giller Prize, short-listed for the 2007 ReLit Award, and included as a Globe and Mail notable book for 2006. English's first collection, Uncomfortably Numb, was praised by the Globe and Mail, THIS Magazine and Books in Canada, among others, for being 'highly readable,' with a deft use of 'language that ambushes the read
Table of Contents
The Cosmic Elfs
In the Woods
This Side of Thirty
Nine Outtakes from the Life of Mark T.
Ship of Fools
The Road to Delphi
The Flying Woman
The West Coast. A magnet for the churning edges of youth and creativity, a haven for the eccentric, and for many, a land that promises what the world has withheld.
It's not just the mountains and ocean that compel but something deeper, hidden. Where the modern values of freedom, novelty and transience possess people and push them toward the nothingness of themselves. A state of exhilaration and darkness. The state of zero gravity.
A shelter worker wants to make a difference in the world, but descends into self-doubt when a strange seduction challenges her carefully constructed identity. Chatty, anxious, and dependent on his wife, a middle-aged teacher gets lost in the woods and himself. Time's thread both flexible and taut winds itself around an aging woman when on a nude beach she encounters a dark companion from her youth. And, in a modern twist on an old theme, an ambitious executive becomes invisible but only to himself.