Vanishing and Other Stories

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Penguin Canada, 2009 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Evocative and passionately written, VANISHING AND OTHER STORIES by debut Canadian author Deborah Willis explores emotional and physical absences, the ways in which people leave, are left, and whether or not it's ever possible to move on. Readers will encounter a skinny, freckled ice-cream scooper named Nina Simone, a vanishing visionary of social utopia, a French teacher who collects fiancés, and a fortune-telling mother who fails to predict the heartbreak of her own daughter. The characters in this collection will linger in the imagination "like the smell of lavender and molasses," proving that nothing is ever truly forgotten. Written with a remarkable economy of words, Willis' prose will draw comparisons to early Alice Munro.

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User Review  - yourotherleft - LibraryThing

Deborah Willis's collection is populated by characters who are defined by the absence of an important person in their lives. The title story is that of a daughter whose playwright father disappears ... Read full review

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User Review  - knittingmomof3 - LibraryThing

From my book review blog Rundpinne... "Vanishing and Other Stories by Deborah Willis is a beautiful and emotional composition of short stories linked together with a common theme of loss. While not ... Read full review

Contents

Vanishing
1
The Weather
19
This Other Us
79
The Fiancee
97
Remember Relive
143
Frank
164
Caught
184
Sky Theatre
201
And the Living Is Easy
221
Romance Languages
246
Acknowledgments
287
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About the author (2009)

Deborah Willis grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and studied English and Writing at the University of Victoria. Her fiction has appeared in Event, Grain, PRISM International, and the UK's Bridport Prize Anthology. She currently works as a bookseller in Victoria, BC.

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