Fables Of Brunswick Avenue: Stories

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HarperCollins Canada, Jun 1, 2010 - Fiction - 272 pages
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"Everyone lives on Brunswick Avenue sooner or later." So begins Fables of Brunswick Avenue, Katherine Govier’s first collection of short stories, which found her an audience that has expanded with each subsequent book.

The 16 stories in this collection capture turning points in the lives of characters who have migrated to the city, and ended up -- as everyone inevitably does -- on Brunswick Avenue. A restaurateur in "The Garden" collects look-alike waitresses but discovers that, as one, they resist his advances. In "Responding to Pain," a woman rescues a suicidal friend, only to realize that she is angry enough to kill her. And in "Brunswick Avenue," a writer comes to understand that her neighbourhood is provisional, and in its draft stages, like her life. Infused with Govier’s magical ability to conjure time and place, Fables of Brunswick Avenue is about starting out, and starting over.

 

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The stories from Brunswick Avenue itself were my favourites. Govier's stories had a way of capturing those awkward moments of the soul, the moments when we are most uneasy with ourselves. Govier ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction to the 20th Anniversary Edition
Brunswick Avenue
The Thief
Responding to Pain
A New Start
The Independent Woman
The Garden
The Dragon
PS
About the author
Author Biography
Interview with Katherine Govier
About the book
Some Notable Residents of Brunswick Avenue
Reviews of Fables of Brunswick Avenue
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Eternal Snow
Going to Europe
The Best Dog
Home for Good
The Nighttender
The Dancer
Tongues
Sociology
Palm Beach
What We Talk About When We Talk About Books
What Really Happens to Your Life When You Have a Baby?
Other Works of Fiction Set in Toronto
Web Detective
Acknowledgements
Copyright
About the Publisher
Copyright

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Katherine Govier’s most recent novel, The Ghost Brush, was published in the United States as The Printmaker’s Daughter, and in translation in Romania, Spain, Quebec, and Japan. Her novel Creation was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has won the Marian Engel Award and the Toronto Book Award, and has twice been nominated for the Trillium Book Award. The author of twelve previous books, Katherine Govier divides her time between Toronto, Ontario, and Canmore, Alberta.

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