The Museum of Possibilities

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The Porcupine's Quill, Mar 24, 2017 - Fiction - 184 pages
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In The Museum of Possibilities, the future is limited only by the imagination—and the choices that we make. This exhibit contains, among others:a minor government functionary, forced by an apparent hoarder to face the consequences of his risk-averse life;a driven scientist who learns—too late—the disturbing cost of her blind ambition;the residents of the small town of Madawan, whose domestic purgatories include plotting death by dairy or pondering the merits of fresh produce in predicting adultery; anda military brat named Wanda, who navigates the muddy waters of adolescence and learns about sacrifice, sexuality and the everyday difficulties of sharing life with another.

The quirky short stories in this collection focus on pivotal moments of intense longing—for love, for power, for fame, for freedom, for revenge, and perhaps most of all, for connection in an increasingly disaffected world.

 

 

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Contents

The Museum of Possibilities
11
LucidDreaming
29
Places We Cannot Go
39
Things We Hold Dear
55
Bitter Butter
77
Dispatches fromMadawan
84
Fresh Hell of Christmas
91
Comet It Tastes Like Gasoline
101
Peelingthe Artichoke
117
Up in the Air Junior Birdmen
135
Acknowledgements
179
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Barbara Sibbald is an author, editor and journalist. Her previously published works include The Book of Love and Regarding Wanda. A health journalist for over twenty years, she currently works as News and Humanities editor at the Canadian Medical Association Journal. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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