Lines of Truth and Conversation

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2005 - Fiction - 186 pages

Joan Alexander's stories are intelligent and sure-footed investigations of the darker sides of urban life. They begin with familiar situations -- the failure of a business, the death of a loved one, an affair that never gets physical -- but they chart the rough terrain of emotional trauma with unsettling precision.

Many of the stories in "Lines of Truth and Conversation" deal in the pangs and pumellings of loss in all its guises, but Alexander has a gift for bittersweet humour, and even her most harrowing stories are lightened by a sense of the comic continuity of life.

 

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Contents

Love Junk
9
Snap
33
Home for Lunch
49
Five Months
61
Too Much to Tell
121
Dear Natalie
137
The Middle of the
151
The End of Metaphors
167
The Hanukkah Gift
183
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About the author (2005)

Joan Alexander was born in Chicago, and moved to Canada in 1979, where she worked as a teacher and a journalist for many years while continuing to study the writing craft. Her work has appeared in a number of Canadian literary journals and has been nominated for the Journey Prize, a National Magazine Award, and Best New American Voices. She lives in Toronto and is working on a novel.

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