Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
"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
"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
"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.