Whirl Away: Stories

by Russell Wangersky

Dundurn | August 1, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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Shortlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Finalist for the 2012 BMO Winterset Award

From critically acclaimed and award-winning writer, Russell Wangersky, comes a new collection of short fiction.

Everyone has something they’re good at: one particular personal skill that they use to keep their lives moving forward when their worlds suddenly become difficult or near-impossible. For some, it’s denial; for others, blunt pragmatism. Still others depend on an over-inflated view of self to keep criticism and doubt at bay.

In his new short story collection, Whirl Away, Russell Wangersky -- author of critically-acclaimed fiction and non-fiction including The Glass Harmonica, Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself and The Hour of Bad Decisions -- looks at what happens when people’s personal coping skills go awry. These are people who discover their anchor-chain has broken: characters safe in the world of self-deception or even self-delusion, forced to face the fact that their main line of defense has become their greatest weakness.

From the caretaker of a prairie amusement park to the lone occupant of a collapsing Newfoundland town, from a travelling sports drink marketer with a pressing need to get off the road to an elevator inspector who finds himself losing his marriage while sensuously burying himself in the tastes and smells of the kitchen, these are people who spin wildly out of control, finding themselves in a new and different world.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: August 1, 2013

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1771020296

ISBN - 13: 9781771020299

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated out of 5 by from I have not yet finished the book but what I have read so far is very interesting. Others have told me the same (those that have finished) say has enlightened them as to what the 'golden years' are really like and what to expect. We need to plan our future right to the end. This is to ensure we are where we would really like to 'be' in the later years!
Date published: 2012-10-19

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Whirl Away: Stories

by Russell Wangersky

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: August 1, 2013

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1771020296

ISBN - 13: 9781771020299

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Shortlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Finalist for the 2012 BMO Winterset Award

From critically acclaimed and award-winning writer, Russell Wangersky, comes a new collection of short fiction.

Everyone has something they’re good at: one particular personal skill that they use to keep their lives moving forward when their worlds suddenly become difficult or near-impossible. For some, it’s denial; for others, blunt pragmatism. Still others depend on an over-inflated view of self to keep criticism and doubt at bay.

In his new short story collection, Whirl Away, Russell Wangersky -- author of critically-acclaimed fiction and non-fiction including The Glass Harmonica, Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself and The Hour of Bad Decisions -- looks at what happens when people’s personal coping skills go awry. These are people who discover their anchor-chain has broken: characters safe in the world of self-deception or even self-delusion, forced to face the fact that their main line of defense has become their greatest weakness.

From the caretaker of a prairie amusement park to the lone occupant of a collapsing Newfoundland town, from a travelling sports drink marketer with a pressing need to get off the road to an elevator inspector who finds himself losing his marriage while sensuously burying himself in the tastes and smells of the kitchen, these are people who spin wildly out of control, finding themselves in a new and different world.