Why the Long Face?: Stories

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Swank Books, 2008 - Fiction - 210 pages
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Fiction. Fifteen stories, at once playful and serious, simple and layered, familiar and not. Gertrude Stein and Buffy the Vampire Slayer track down the bridal party to save a Las Vegas wedding. An ambivalent geneticist disappears himself in Texas scrub country. A five-year-old in search of her lost mother walks a high-wire between her home and her lesbian neighbor's. These are stories about people yearning for connection with each other, with themselves, with whatever lies beyond.

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

Ron MacLean works along the borders of experimental fiction in many of the stories in this collection. Reality comes and goes. That’s not bad – there’s a freshness in these stories, a sense of ... Read full review

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User Review  - jaesley - LibraryThing

An uneven, weird-for-weirdness-sake collection of short stories. I never quite managed to finish the entire thing, thanks to the off-putting nature of most if not all of the stories. The best are mediocre; the worst (Las Vegas Wedding, I'm looking at you), unreadable. Read full review


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RON MACLEAN, host of CBC s "Hockey Night in Canada" for 28 years, began his broadcasting career in 1978 as an all-night DJ in Red Deer, Alberta. In 1984, he moved to Calgary to host Calgary Flames telecasts. MacLean joined CBC in 1986, where he hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs telecasts on "HNIC", before becoming the full-time national host, and popular co-host of "Coach s Corner" with Don Cherry in 1987. He has also hosted CBC s coverage of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, the World Cup of Hockey, the Calgary Stampede and "Battle of the Blades". MacLean has been recognized with ten Gemini Awards for excellence on television. The co-author of the bestseller "Cornered", he lives with his his wife, Cari, in Oakville, Ontario. Follow him on Twitter @RonMacLeanCBC and @hometownhockey_.

KIRSTIE MCLELLAN DAY ranks among the top hockey book writers in the world thanks to the three national bestsellers: Theo Fleury s #1 bestselling memoir "Playing with Fire", Bob Probert s "Tough Guy" and Ron MacLean s "Cornered". She's currently working with Marty McSorley on his upcoming "Hellbent". Her other books include "Above and Beyond", a comprehensive family and business history of cable magnate J.R. Shaw; "Under the Mat", a memoir with Diana Hart of the Hart wrestling family; and "No Remorse", a true-crime novel. Kirstie is a mother of five and lives with her husband, television producer Larry Day, in Calgary. Together they own one of Canada s most successful television companies, Pyramid Productions. Visit her online at www.kirstiemclellanday.com and follow her on Twitter @kmclellanday.

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