Hellgoing: Stories

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House of Anansi Press, 2013 - Fiction - 223 pages
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Winner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book and for The Globe's Top 10 Books of 2013.

With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady gives us nine unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long after the last.

A young nun charged with talking an anorexic out of her religious fanaticism toys with the thin distance between practicality and blasphemy. A strange bond between a teacher and a schoolgirl takes on ever deeper, and stranger, shapes as the years progress. A bride-to-be with a penchant for nocturnal bondage can't seem to stop bashing herself up in the light of day.

Equally adept at capturing the foibles and obsessions of men and of women, compassionate in her humour yet never missing an opportunity to make her characters squirm, fascinated as much by faithlessness as by faith, Lynn Coady is quite possibly the writer who best captures what it is to be human at this particular moment in our history.

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I don't mind an ambiguous ending. - Goodreads
Coady is an intelligent and insightful writer. - Goodreads
I loved Lynn Coady's writing. - Goodreads
I was just expecting a better ending in all of them. - Goodreads
Every ending felt random. - Goodreads

Review: Hellgoing: Stories

User Review  - Michelle Barker - Goodreads

All right, call me stupid. It won't be the first time. I loved Lynn Coady's writing. Her range of characters, the dialogue, the situations - all of it is flawless and quite often jaw-dropping. For ... Read full review

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User Review  - Una Rose - Goodreads

I read this book because it won the Giller prize, is Canadian and I was curious. Sadly, it did not live up to my expectations. I found it very hard to read and gave up after four stories. I am ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Lynn Coady is the author of the bestselling novel The Antagonist, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, as well as the novels Mean Boy, Saints of Big Harbour, and Strange Heaven and the short story collection Play the Monster Blind. She has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and has four times made the Globe and Mail's annual list of Top 100 Books. Originally from Cape Breton, she now lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where she is a founding and senior editor of the award-winning magazine Eighteen Bridges.

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