Painting the Dog: The Best Stories of Leon Rooke

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Thomas Allen Publishers, 2001 - Fiction - 306 pages
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Leon Rooke is one of Canada's preeminent fiction innovators, a master of the short form, and a literary godfather to scores of writers. Here, for the first time, is the quintessential selection of his best short fiction, culled from a prodigious career and 15 story collections.

In these beautiful affecting stories, both bittersweet and hilarious, Rooke mines the rich and often turbulent field of domestic life, of relationships between men and women, and of the fragile dislocations of young children. Included are classics such as The Birth Control King of Upper Volta, The Women's Guide to Home Companionship, and Early Obscenities in the Life of the World's Foremost Authority on Heidegger. Always fresh and original, these timeless stories push the boundaries of the traditional short story form.

Painting the Dog is vintage Rooke: 17 highly original tales brimming with whimsy and wit, pain and poignancy, and the author's endlessly astonishing and electric imagination and riotous humour.

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Contents

Want to Play House? i
3
A Bolt of White Cloth
23
The Blue Baby
39
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Leon Rooke was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina in 1934. He attended Mars Hill College and the University of North Carolina. In addition to writing novels and short stories, he is also an anthologist and a playwright. He is the recipient of many awards and honours including the Governor General's Fiction Award for "Shakespeare's Dog", the Canada-Australia Prize, the Paperback Novel of the Year Award for "Fat Woman", The Pushcart Prize and the North Carolina Award for Literature. He is the founder and artistic director of Eden Mills Writers' Festival. Rooke currently resides in Winnipeg.

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