Gowdy, Barbara We So Seldom Look on Love

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We So Seldom Look on Love

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9780007291564: We So Seldom Look on Love

A wonderful collection of prize-winning short stories from one of Canada's brightest authors. The cult film success KISSED is based on the title story. This powerful, disturbing and entirely original collection of prize-winning tales is a compelling exploration of all that is seemingly unnatural and outlandish. Populated by an assortment of freaks, Siamese twins, exhibitionists, necrophiles and transsexuals, these bizarre stories are shot through with Gowdy's humorous, life-enhancing and essentially festive sympathy for the quirks and quiddities found in life's carnival. Unflinchingly explicit and shocking, We So Seldom Look on Love is also moving and cathartic, pushing past the limits of convention into lives that are at once improbably fantastic and heartbreakingly real. The title story has now been filmed as the movie KISSED, a shocking and moving film that gained critical acclaim at Sundance and Cannes and will have full theatrical release in Britain, coinciding with the release of this tie-in edition.

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‘Gowdy is a writer now emerging as one of Canada’s most accomplished and outrageous… We So Seldom Look on Love will only deepen her reputation for fine technique and alarming content. These are unsettling and profoundly moving short stories to be read, and reread, and then to be dreamt upon… this is a remarkable and uplifting book.’
Toronto Globe and Mail

‘Barbara Gowdy’s stunning collection plants her firmly in the constellation of Canada’s bright literary lights… in this new set of stories she truly shines. Her insatiable curiousity, her candour and her cool wit emerge like chrysalids from the assembled deformity of this lively and memorable book.’
Montreal Gazette

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This powerful, disturbing and entirely original collection of prize-winning tales is a compelling exploration of all that is seemingly unnatural and outlandish. Populated by an assortment of freaks, Siamese twins, exhibitionists, necrophiles and transsexuals, these bizarre stories are shot through with Gowdy's humorous, life-enhancing, essentially festive sympathy for the quirks and quiddities found in life's carnival. The title story has now been filmed as the major motion picture 'Kissed', directed by Lynne Stopkewich and starring molly Parker and Peter Outerbridge.

'Barbara Gowdy surprises and delights; she also – which is rarer – gives us moments which are at the same time preposterous and strangly moving.'
MARGARET ATWOOD

'These are unsettling and profoundly moving stories to be read, and reread, and then to be dreamt upon … this is a remarkable and uplifting book.'
TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL

'Barbara Gowdy has a sharp, surreal edge and a beguiling sense of humour; her prose comes from a darker place whose other residents include Lorrie Moore and Alice Munro … a subtle and original talent.'
OBSERVER

'[Gowdy] deserves to be catapulted into the front rank of Canadian novelists.'
LITERARY REVIEW

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