Walking in Paradise

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2000 - Fiction - 172 pages
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Newfoundland writer Libby Creelman finds the emotional heart of her characters — characters continually seeking, and breaking, connections with others, though they rarely know it. A girl welcomes cruelty into her life in an attempt to get closer to a father living with chronic pain. A woman obsessed with her lineage draws her family into inheriting more than they bargained for. A young boy, burdened by the adults with whom he keeps company, arrives at the end of a brief sailing trip directing their futures as well as his own. A woman returns home to spend a weekend with old high school friends and at last understands something about her mother that had been trailing her for years.

Suddenly her voice turns soft, almost tender. `But you know what you used to say at bedtime, don't you? You used to hold my face in your hands, and say, ``You're the best mommy in the universe.'' '... She wants us to savour the image of me holding her face, cherishing her, reading her mind.

These are stories about dislocation and about home -- about leaving it, returning to it, needing it, rejecting it -- crafted in a style that is controlled, yet sympathetic.

 

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Contents

Three Weeks
9
Gladstone 1957
49
Sunken Island
61
Movie Children
73
Frank and Agnes
107
Reunion
117
A Visit with Old Friends
125
The Biggest Mistake
137
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About the author (2000)

Originally from Massachusetts, Libby Creelman now lives in St. John's, Newfoundland. Her short stories have been published in literary magazines across the country and have been selected for 99: Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Anthology, numbers 10 and 11. She is a four-time winner in the Fictional Prose category for the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Competition.

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