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This debut short-story collection showcases Mary Hagey's uncanny ability to capture the essence of being human. These richly satisfying stories, told with wry humour, intelligence, and verve take us into fictional territory that is at once utterly original and as real as the world around us. These are people we know.
Some of them might have fared better in life if they'd had different parents perhaps, or married someone else, or worked at pleasing themselves instead of others, or if unforeseen circumstances hadn't tripped them up and held them back. But now they find themselves caught up in salvaging what's been lost or maintaining what seems to be slipping away. Whether it's a woman on a timely mission to reunite her dying mother with her estranged twin, or a man in a troubled marriage trying to comprehend his wife's mysterious grief when Princess Diana dies, or a dropout returning to school far from her Newfoundland home, these characters persevere in ways that illustrate the fundamental courage required of all of us. As they grapple with their situations and try to assert themselves in their lives, they -- and the reader -- come to regard their circumstances in a new light, and sense a quiet unfolding of truth.
- Signature Editions, December 2012
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