Making Light of Tragedy

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2004 - Fiction - 203 pages
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Can a story be both a shrug and a prayer? Can it punch you in the arm because, hey, it is only joking, and the next minute fall at your feet, cling to your knees, beg you to listen? Sure. The stories in Making Light of Tragedy are arrogant and uncertain. (This is not a contradiction.) They make no apologies for poor taste, or the occasional rhyme, but they do make a few demands. These include:

Let there be light. Let there be no more epigraphs. Let the ski jumper take off. Let him never ever land. Let us cut limbs, when necessary. And the word count too. Let this be true. Let one person speak the truth. Let Peter Mansbridge be the ghost of Christmas future.

In this first collection by Journey Prize-winner Jessica Grant, you'll find twenty-three bite-sized stories, with guest appearances by Holt Renfrew's daughter, Chantal Hébert, Napoleon, the Management, the Senior Climatologist, the Dean of Humanity, Jon Bon Jovi, Virginia Woolf and God.

 

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User Review  - KarenAJeff - LibraryThing

Very interesting stories. I didn't understand the point of all of them but they held my attention. One great line in The Loss of Thalia - "You know those sexy dreams? The once-a-year variety that feel ... Read full review

Contents

My Husbands Jump
7
Bellicrostic
13
Dean of Humanity
19
The Anxiety Exhibit
37
One Person Speaks the Truth
43
George the Third Wasnt Mad Forever
53
Delia Renfrew
61
Humanesque
77
Deep in My Heart
93
Am
103
Ugly And
133
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Jessica Grant is from St. John's, Newfoundland, but loves all provinces and territories equally. She has lived in Toronto, Buffalo, Portland and Calgary. She is a proud member of Burning Rock, a group of very hip writers in St. John's who kindly took her into their fold a few years ago. She has been a technical writer and a singer-songwriter, but writing stories is by far the best job she's had.

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