Bad Endings

Bad Endings


Book - 2017
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Finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award.Carleigh Baker likes to make light in the dark. Whether plumbing family ties, the end of a marriage, or death itself, she never lets go of the witty, the ironic, and perhaps most notably, the awkward. Despite the title, the resolution in these stories isn't always tragic, but it's often uncomfortable, unexpected, or just plain strange. Character digressions, bad decisions, and misconceptions abound. While steadfastly local in her choice of setting, Baker's deep appreciation for nature takes a lot of these stories out of Vancouver and into the wild. Salmon and bees play reoccurring roles in these tales, as do rivers. Occasionally, characters blend with their animal counterparts, adding a touch of magic realism. Nature is a place of escape and attempted convalescence for characters suffering from urban burnout. Even if things get weird along the way, as Hunter S. Thompson said, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." In Bad Endings, Baker takes troubled characters to a moment of realization or self-revelation, but the results aren't always pretty.
Publisher: Vancouver : Anvil Press, 2017
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781772140767
Branch Call Number: FIC BAKER 2017
Characteristics: 166 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 07, 2017

This is a slim but perfect collection of short stories, each one a little slice of very real and honest human life. Each story feels familiar and funny and like something you've experienced for yourself at one time or another, especially if you're from Vancouver or BC and grew up here in the 70s or 80s. The author has an effortless voice and the dialogue never feels forced or unnatural, always very authentic and relatable. A quick read (165 pages!) and worth every minute.


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