9781590511893

Kilter

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    9781590511893

  • ISBN10:

    1590511891

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2005-11-17
  • Publisher: Other Press

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Summary

"The enormous inventiveness of these 55 fictions offers the reader an emotional and intellectual gourmet feast." 2003 Giller Prize Jury A finalist for the 2003 Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award,Kilteris a subtle, funny, ironic, and startling chronicle of contemporary life, full of individuals catching odd glimpses of themselvesa young woman puzzles over the identity of her lost brother; a husband describes a sixteenth-century painting to explain his lover to his wifeand of big ideas working themselves out in strange but revealing waysa dead man laments the suicide note he failed to write; a wife and husband disagree about the shape of the semen stain on their son's pajamas, he seeing it as an image of Jesus, she as the image of her dog as a puppy. John Gould has updated and westernized the form of the palm-of-the-hand story, invented eighty years ago by Yasunari Kawabata, who wanted a way to write a fiction writer's poetry. In spare, elegant prose, Gould crafts quirky gems, compact fusions of humor and pathos. At the center of this multifaceted collection is a vision of human beings as paradoxical creatures, finite and haunted by infinite longings. In story after story, Gould locates the fulcrum on which a life tilts from kilter to off-kilter and back again. "There are big ideas in these small packages. . . .Kilter, at once quiet and terribly ambitious, funny and moving, is a keeper." The Globe and Mail

Author Biography

John Gould

John Gould is the author of The Kingdom of Heaven: Eighty-Eight Palm-of-the-Hand Stories. A Sessional Instructor in Fiction at the University of Victoria and a member of the editorial board of the Malahat Review, he lives in Victoria, Canada, with his wife and stepchildren.

Table of Contents

Two Things Together
3(4)
Leather
7(4)
Stump
11(4)
Feelers
15(4)
Female Drunken Immortal Fist
19(4)
Avalanche
23(4)
Shroud
27(4)
Dear Ann
31(4)
Dark Beast
35(4)
Conversion
39(6)
Method
45(4)
Near-Death Experience
49(4)
In Translation
53(2)
Acrobat
55(4)
Zeroes Someone Painted
59(4)
Sweet Chariot
63(4)
Takeout
67(4)
Cotton
71(4)
Ya Ya Ya
75(2)
Conviction
77(4)
High
81(4)
Password
85(4)
Magdalene
89(4)
Crunch
93(4)
Brood
97(4)
Vessel
101(4)
Time and Space
105(2)
Civilized
107(4)
New Messages
111(4)
Sunday Morning
115(4)
The Invention of Language
119(2)
Beyond Stillness
121(4)
Neither Nor
125(2)
Biafra
127(4)
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
131(4)
Affirmation
135(2)
Dust
137(2)
Proof
139(4)
Provisions
143(4)
Suite
147(2)
Orange
149(4)
Magic
153(4)
The Point of Dreaming
157(4)
The Perfection of the Moment
161(4)
Licorice
165(2)
The End of the Day
167(4)
Kansas
171(4)
Do the Math
175(4)
Prisoner
179(2)
All Mysteries
181(4)
What You're Ready For
185(4)
Sea Peeks
189(4)
Raising the Sparks
193(6)
The End of the World
199(4)
New Story
203

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