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Now in paperback, this masterfully crafted story collection by the author of the internationally best-selling novel Mister Sandman is a haunting book that is certain to both disturb and entertain.

With a particular focus on obsession and the abnormal, We So Seldom Look On Love explores life at its quirky extremes, pushing past limits of convention into lives that are fantastic and heartbreakingly real. Whether writing about the dilemma of a two-headed man who attempts to expunge his own pain, the shock of a woman who discovers she has married a transsexual, the erotic delusions of a woman who repeatedly exposes her body to an unknown voyeur, or the bizarre predilections of a female necrophile (a story made into the acclaimed motion picture, Kissed), Gowdy convinces us with incisive detail, only to disarm us with black humor.

Review:

"Barbara Gowdy invites herself, and us, into taboo territory where love and disgust mingle freely. Nothing seems to hold back the narrative flow, not propriety, not politics, not even that ambiguity we once called good tast....Gowdy writes about the macabre, but she writes like an angel." Carol Shields, The Boston Globe

Review:

"These eight short stories employ both satire and morbid humor to explore the lives of emotionally and physically abnormal characters....Gowdy writes with a bite that grants her characters earthy courage without allowing them to lapse into self-pity. Her daring high-wire act may not appeal to everyone, but her stories are not easily forgotten." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Gowdy skillfully walks a fine line between sensationalism and sentimentality to give life and love to the feared and forgotten. An impressive accomplishment." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The characters in these eight masterfully crafted stories are from life's extremes...but with her certain hand Barbara Gowdy transforms the extraordinay into the comfortably familiar. Rarely has a story collection combined such outrageous images with such sureness of technique and gentle humor....It's brilliant." Quill & Quire

About the Author

Barbara Gowdy is also the author of the critically acclaimed novels Falling Angels, The White Bone, and most recently, The Romantic. She lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Body and soul — Sylvie — Presbyterian crosswalk — Ninety-three million miles away — The two-headed man — Lizards — We so seldom look on love — Flesh of my flesh.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781883642006
Author:
Gowdy, Barbara
Publisher:
Zoland Books
Location:
South Royalton, Vt. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Body, Human -- Fiction.
Subject:
Human Body.
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st U.S. pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Reprint ed.
Series Volume:
no. 13
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.78x5.10x.75 in. .61 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Steerforth Press - English 9781883642006 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Barbara Gowdy invites herself, and us, into taboo territory where love and disgust mingle freely. Nothing seems to hold back the narrative flow, not propriety, not politics, not even that ambiguity we once called good tast....Gowdy writes about the macabre, but she writes like an angel."
"Review" by , "These eight short stories employ both satire and morbid humor to explore the lives of emotionally and physically abnormal characters....Gowdy writes with a bite that grants her characters earthy courage without allowing them to lapse into self-pity. Her daring high-wire act may not appeal to everyone, but her stories are not easily forgotten."
"Review" by , "Gowdy skillfully walks a fine line between sensationalism and sentimentality to give life and love to the feared and forgotten. An impressive accomplishment."
"Review" by , "The characters in these eight masterfully crafted stories are from life's extremes...but with her certain hand Barbara Gowdy transforms the extraordinay into the comfortably familiar. Rarely has a story collection combined such outrageous images with such sureness of technique and gentle humor....It's brilliant."
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