Pathologies: A Life in Essays

September 1, 2008|
Pathologies: A Life in Essays by Susan Olding
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In these fifteen searingly honest personal essays, debut author Susan Olding takes us on an unforgettable journey into the complex heart of being human. Each essay dissects an aspect of Olding's life experience?from her vexed relationship with her father to her tricky dealings with her female peers; from her work as a counsellor and teacher to her persistent desire, despite struggles with infertility, to have children of her own. In a suite of essays forming the emotional climax of the book, Olding bravely recounts the adoption of her daughter, Maia, from an orphanage in China, and tells us the story of Maia's difficult adaptation to the unfamiliar state of being loved.

Written with as much lyricism, detail, and artfulness as the best short stories, the essays in Pathologies provide all the pleasures of fiction combined with the enrichment derived from the careful presentation of fact. Susan Olding is indisputably one of Canada's finest new writers, one who has taken the challenging, much-underused form of the literary essay and made it her own.

Susan Olding is the author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays, longlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize, winner of the Creative Nonfiction Collective's Readers' Choice Award, and selected by 49th Shelf and as one of 100 Canadian books to read in a lifetime. Her work has been honoured multiple times by the National Magazine Awards Fo...
Title:Pathologies: A Life in EssaysFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:262 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:262 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:Freehand BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1551119307

ISBN - 13:9781551119304

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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