Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby?

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McClelland & Stewart, Jan 14, 2011 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Daring, tough, and darkly humorous, these linked stories have at their centre the relationship between parents and children. As devastating in their emotional honesty as they are poignant and wise, these stories map the intricate terrain of adoption and birth, and look at the lives we make for ourselves in the universal search for who we are. Among them: a girl is abducted by a man claiming to be her father; a distraught mother finds herself fabricating a past for her adopted teenaged daughter; a woman is haunted by her birth mother’s ghostly visitations; a new mother is overtaken by a feeling of alienation as gradually her world becomes as empty as she feels her heart to be. Uniquely imagined, vividly describing the world we inhabit, Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby? introduces a bold, new literary voice.


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The short stories in this collection mostly revolve around mother-daughter and adoptive relationships. Gasco's prose style of writing is beautiful and unique. Some of the stories I skimmed, and others ... Read full review

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Montreal native Gasco, recipient of the Journey Prize, Canada's most prestigious award for short fiction, proves her ability with this debut collection. Tied together by theme, her stories deal with ... Read full review

Contents

YOU HAVE THE BODY
ELEMENTS
THE THIRD PERSON
CAN YOU WAVE BYE BYE BABY?
THE SPIDER OF BUMBA
NOT A TRUE STORY
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Elyse Gasco was born in Montreal. She received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Concordia University and an M.A. in Creative Writing from New York University. Her work has appeared in literary magazines in the U.S. and in Canada, including The Little Magazine, Western Humanities Review, Canadian Fiction Magazine, PRISM international, Grain, and The Malahat Review. In 1996, the title story from this collection was awarded the $10,000 Journey Prize for the most accomplished work originally published in a Canadian literary journal, and anthologized in The Journey Prize Anthology.

Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby? was the winner of the QSPELL Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the QSPELL/FEWQ First Book Award, and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and the Pearson Canada Reader’s Choice Award at The Word on the Street. It was also a New York Times Book Review Notable Book.

Elyse Gasco lives in Montreal with her husband and their two daughters. She is at work on her next book of fiction.


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