Synopses & Reviews
“The emotional range and depth of these stories, their clarity and deftness, is astonishing.”
A finalist for the Governor Generals Awards, Vanishing and Other Stories is the stunning debut short story collection from Deborah Willis. Evocative and passionately written, Vanishing brilliantly explores emotional and physical absences; the ways in which people leave and are left; and whether its ever possible to move on.
“Flecked with welcome humour. . . . Equally salty-sweet. . . . Her attentiveness to detail and her succession of insights about the small moments people share and the consequences of individual choices keep us turning pages, enthralled.” Vancouver Sun
“A remarkable new writer, Willis delivers 14 lovely tales and countless vivid moments in her first fiction collection....Readers will feel the joy of discovery in reading an emerging writer whose work will crowd our bookshelves for years to come.” Booklist
“Spare, haunting and insightful, these stories are wonderfully wrought snap shots about human frailty and loss that will stay with you long after youve finished reading.” Calgary Herald
“Arresting. . . . Her words feel essential and elemental. She is one of those writers who makes fiction feel less of a genre than a language unto itself. . . . Charming, warm and humane.” Montreal Gazette
“The stories in VANISHING show the magic of fiction at its best: fully realized worlds inseparable from the uncanny fact that they exist as mere words, magnificently strung together. Williss creative sleight-of-hand illuminates human intricacies as if tapping directly into your own.” Globe and Mail, One of Jim Bartley's Top Five Books of the Year
“The emotional range and depth of these stories, the clarity and deftness, is astonishing.” Alice Munro
“A remarkably accomplished collection. . . . Economical, artful description. With her stories, Willis boldly inhabits the skin of all sorts, of all genders. . . . Her talent and skill are nothing short of formidable. . . . Accomplished, edgy, dark stories.” Times Colonist
A French teacher who collects fiancés; a fortune-teller who fails to predict the heartbreak of her own daughter; an aging cowboy seduced by a city girl . . . these are some of the unforgettable people who live in these pages.
In Vanishing and Other Stories, secrets are both kept and unearthed, and lives are shaped by missing lovers, parents, and children. With wisdom and dexterity, moments of dark humor, and a remark- able economy of words, Deborah Willis captures an incredible array of characters that linger in the imagination and prove that nothing is ever truly forgotten.
"The emotional range and depth of these stories, their clarity and deftness, is astonishing."
A finalist for the Governor General's Awards, Vanishing and Other Stories
is the stunning debut short story collection from Deborah Willis. Evocative and passionately written, Vanishing
brilliantly explores emotional and physical absences; the ways in which people leave and are left; and whether it's ever possible to move on.
About the Author
Deborah Willis was born and raised in Calgary, AB. Her fiction has appeared in Grain, Event, Prism International, and is forthcoming in The Walrus. Her first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was named one of the the Globe and Mail's Best Books of 2009, and was nominated for the Governor General's Award and the BC Book Prize. She has worked as a horseback riding instructor and a reporter, and currently works as a bookseller in Victoria, BC.