Whirl Away

Whirl Away


Book - 2012
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2013 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award -- Winner
2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize -- Shortlisted
2012 BMO Winterset Award -- Finalist

From critically acclaimed and award-winning writer, Russell Wangersky, comes a new collection of short fiction.

Everyone has something they're good at: one particular personal skill that they use to keep their lives moving forward when their worlds suddenly become difficult or near-impossible. For some, it's denial; for others, blunt pragmatism. Still others depend on an over-inflated view of self to keep criticism and doubt at bay.

In his new short story collection, Whirl Away , Russell Wangersky - author of critically-acclaimed fiction and non-fiction including The Glass Harmonica , Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself and The Hour of Bad Decisions - looks at what happens when people's personal coping skills go awry. These are people who discover their anchor-chain has broken: characters safe in the world of self-deception or even self-delusion, forced to face the fact that their main line of defense has become their greatest weakness.

From the caretaker of a prairie amusement park to the lone occupant of a collapsing Newfoundland town, from a travelling sports drink marketer with a pressing need to get off the road to an elevator inspector who finds himself losing his marriage while sensuously burying himself in the tastes and smells of the kitchen, these are people who spin wildly out of control, finding themselves in a new and different world.
Publisher: Toronto : T. Allen Publishers, c2012
ISBN: 9780887629365
Branch Call Number: WANG
Characteristics: 207 p. ; 20 cm


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Apr 15, 2013

Short stories that seem to spin out of control...wish I got more meat of the story, as a result I did not connect with any of the characters so it was a little flat for myself. OK read.

Cdnbookworm Dec 15, 2012

This collection of stories offer a variety of individuals, all of whom have something going wrong in their life. We see their struggle, their way of coping, their inner worries. They each have something in their life that failed them in some way, whether it is job loss, loss of a partner, or simply loneliness.
They are reaching out for something, someone to pay attention to them, someone who will accept them, someone to love them. They are damaged, broken, yet he makes them sympathetic, relatable.
A moving collection.

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