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Harpercollins Canada, 1990 - Short stories, Canadian - 238 pages
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When her husband suddenly becomes ill, a woman realizes, to her horror, that a part of her wishes he would die and free her from a worn-out marriage. Such is the premise of the title story. Courageously writing about emotions that most other authors instinctively bury under layers of shame or fear, Sharon Butala's collection of 16 vignettes about the inner lives of women captured rave reviews from critics when it first appeared in hardcover.

Breathing life into every page, she magically creates stunning emotional moments without excessive show or ornament. Butala, a native of rural Saskatchewan, was a nominee for the 1986 Governor General's Literary Award and winner of the Books in Canada First Novel Award. She was awarded a silver medal at the 1991 National Magazine Awards.

There are hard truths contained in these stories ... but the fiction itself is so well crafted and compelling that it simply won't let us go". -- The Globe and Mail

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Sharon Butala was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, in 1940. She was educated in small towns in Saskatoon, and at the University of Saskatchewan. Butala gave up work as a Special Educator to become a novelist, short story writer, and writer of creative non-fiction. Her book, The Perfection of the Morning reached number one on the bestseller list in July '94. She is one of Canada's most acclaimed authors. Her first short story collection, Queen of the Headaches, was shortlisted for a Governor General's Award in 1986. Her trilogy of novels, The Gates of the Sun, Luna, and The Fourth Archangel, formed an evocative and highly praised portrait of prairie life. Her most recent short story collection, Fever, won the 1992 Authors Awards for Paperback Fiction. Her first non-fiction work, Perfection of the Morning, was nominated for a Governor General's Award and won the Saskatchewan non-Fiction Award and The Spirit of Saskatchewan Award in 1994.

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