Aquarium

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The Porcupine's Quill, 1999 - Fiction - 145 pages

Movement is the key to this collection. The settings for the stories in "Aquarium" range from metropolis to hamlet, from a Florida retirement community to a northern Ontario reserve on the brink of freeze-up. The people in "Aquarium" are as varied as its locales; the characters are landlords, actors, drinkers, painters, teachers, doctors, steelworkers, fishermen, students, shopkeepers, weathermen, clerks and security guards. Couples are a recurrent theme: the dreams and devices by which lovers join or drift apart.

 

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Contents

The Aquarium
9
The Leading Edge
27
Hymens Fool
65
The Leaf Man
95
In Florida
109
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Mike Barnes is the author of the novels Catalogue Raisonné and The Syllabus, the short fiction collections Aquarium -- winner of the 1999 Danuta Gleed Award -- and Contrary Angel, and two poetry collections, Calm Jazz Sea, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial award, and a thaw foretold. His stories have appeared twice in Best Canadian Stories, three times in The Journey Prize Anthology, and won the Silver Medal for Fiction at the

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