Small Change

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McClelland & Stewart, Aug 27, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
These twenty superbly crafted linked stories navigate the difficult realm of friendship, charting its beginnings and ends, its intimacies and betrayals, its joys and humiliations. A mother learns something of the nature of love from watching her young daughter as she falls in and out of favour with a neighbourhood girl. An intricate story of two women reveals a friendship held together by the steely bonds of passivity. A chance sighting in a library prompts a woman to recall the “unconsummated courtship” she was drawn into by a male colleague. With trenchant insight, uncommon honesty, and dark humour, Elizabeth Hay probes the precarious bonds that exist between friends. The result is an emotionally raw and provocative collection of stories that will resonate with readers long after the final page.
 

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SMALL CHANGE, by Elizabeth Hay. I have been a fan of Canadian writer Elizabeth Hay's work for nearly twenty years now, having read with great enjoyment her novels, A STUDENT OF WEATHER, LATE NIGHTS ON ... Read full review

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Variously described as a collection of short stories and a novel, Elizabeth Hay’s Small Change explores the theme of friendship in its many forms. Certainly some of the chapters stand well alone as ... Read full review

Contents

The Friend I
3
The Fire
19
Cézanne in a Soft Hat
31
The Kiss
37
Johnnys Smile
47
A Personal Letter
127
Sayonara
133
A Clear Record
153
Purge Me with Hyssop
185
January through March
221
Several Losses
233
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Elizabeth Hay is the author of two highly acclaimed, bestselling novels. Her first novel, A Student of Weather (2000), won the CAA MOSAID Technologies Inc. Award for Fiction and the TORGI Award, and was a finalist for The Giller Prize, the Ottawa Book Award, and the Pearson Canada Reader's Choice Award at The Word on the Street. Her most recent novel, Garbo Laughs (2003), won the Ottawa Book Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award. She is also the author of Crossing the Snow Line (stories, 1989); The Only Snow in Havana (non-fiction, 1992); Captivity Tales: Canadians in New York (non-fiction, 1993), and Small Change (stories, 1997), which was a finalist for the Governor General's Award, the Trillium Award, and the Rogers Communications Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Her stories have been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Anthology, and The Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women, edited by Rosemary Sullivan. She has won a National Magazine Award Gold Medal for Fiction and a Western Magazine Award for Fiction. In 2002, she received the prestigious Marian Engel Award.

Elizabeth Hay lives in Ottawa.

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