Once: Stories

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Biblioasis, 2008 - Fiction - 203 pages
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"Rebecca Rosenblum's Once is a collection of sixteen stories portraying the constricted and confused lives of the rootless twentysomethings - students, office techies, waitresses, warehouse labourers, street hustlers - who inhabit them. These are stories grounded in the all-too-real comedy and tragedy of jobs and friendships and romances, books and buses and bodies. Darkly urban and contemporary, the writing nevertheless sparks with playful wonder and delight, peeling back the veneer of the everyday to let loose a little of the magic underneath. Human relationships are at the core of this collection, both the larger ones - lovers and families and enemies - and those smaller, stranger interactions that hover at the margins of the day. The shapes these stories take are as unexpected as they are seamless; and though unflinching, they are generous, gentle and wise."--BOOK JACKET.

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A surprising collection of short fiction, fresh and contemporary. Rosenblum's characters are mostly in their twenties, rootless and groping blindly through lives that don't seem to be leading them ... Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Rebecca Rosenblum graduated from the English and Creative Writing masters program at the University of Toronto. Her work has been published in Exile Quarterly, Danforth Review, echolocation, The New Quarterly, Qwerty, Ars Medica, and Journey Prize Stories 19, and was included in 2008's Coming Attractions and Best Canadian Stories Anthologies. Once, her first book, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award for fiction. Rebecca lives and writes in Toronto, Ontario.

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