The Beggar's Garden: Stories (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins Canada, Jan 25, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages
26 Reviews

Longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Critically lauded, The Beggar’s Garden is a brilliantly surefooted, strikingly original collection of nine linked short stories that will delight as well as disturb. The stories follow a diverse group of curiously interrelated characters, from bank manager to crackhead to retired Samaritan to web designer to car thief, as they drift through each other’s lives in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. These engrossing stories, free of moral judgment, are about people who are searching in the jagged margins of life—for homes, drugs, love, forgiveness—and collectively they offer a generous and vivid portrait of humanity, not just in Vancouver but in any modern urban centre.

The Beggar’s Garden is a powerful and affecting debut. Its individual stories have been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and have been nominated for major awards, including a National Magazine Award for fiction. The collection has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

  

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User Review  - Adam McPhee - Goodreads

Excellent short stories featuring believable people from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. My favourite was the manically paced Goodbye Porkpie Hat, about a crack addict who receives an unlikely visit ... Read full review

Review: The Beggar's Garden

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Excellent short stories featuring believable people from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. My favourite was the manically paced Goodbye Porkpie Hat, about a crack addict who receives an unlikely visit ... Read full review

Contents

Emergency Contact
Discard
Goodbye Porkpie Hat
Materials
Method
Results
Discussion
Conclusion
2
3
4
King Me
The Quiet
The Beggars Garden
Acknowledgements
Copyright

The Queen of Cans and Jars
The Extra
An Ideal Companion
About the Publisher
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

MICHAEL CHRISTIE received his MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this, he worked in a homeless shelter on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and provided outreach to the severely mentally ill. A former professional skateboarder, he is a senior writer for Color Magazine, an award-winning publication that celebrates skateboarding culture. Michael Christie lives in Thunder Bay, and is working on his next book, a novel.

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