The Divinity Gene: Stories

Paperback | January 24, 2011

byMatthew Trafford

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Recipient of the Honour of Distinction for the Dayne Ogilvie award, and long-listed for the Frank O''Connor Short Story Prize, the largest prize for a book of short stories worldwide, The Divinity Gene, is a beguiling and bizarre collection of stories from a remarkable new voice in Canadian fiction.

A mob of teens descends upon Paris in the thrall of a self-help author; a grotesque yard-sale statuette frees a dying man from his silence; the hottest club in town is staffed by angels. This is the uncanny world of The Divinity Gene, Matthew J. Trafford’s debut story collection, and it bristles with humour, pathos and imaginative power.

Skewering urban culture even as it conjures up the magic in the mundane, the stories of The Divinity Gene map the frailty of the human heart. Caught in the crosshairs of faith and science, its characters—bereaved, sidelined, cast adrift—journey forth to the undiscovered places, in search of something to believe in, someone to love, always with disarming results. A passionately devout scientist clones Jesus Christ from the DNA contained in holy relics; a man makes a Faustian cyber deal with the devil for the sake of his family; bereaved parents sign on for an unorthodox government reparations project following a school tragedy.

Masterfully original, deeply human, The Divinity Gene introduces a bold and evocative new writer.

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Recipient of the Honour of Distinction for the Dayne Ogilvie award, and long-listed for the Frank O'Connor Short Story Prize, the largest prize for a book of short stories worldwide, The Divinity Gene, is a beguiling and bizarre collection of stories from a remarkable new voice in Canadian fiction. A mob of teens descends upon Paris in the thrall of a self-help author; a grotesque yard-sale statu...

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Back Cover "In Trafford's hands, the short story mutates into a creature I have never met before. This new creature has the gene for angelic. It has the gene for devilish. It has the gene for lifting you up to a great height and pointing out the absurdity and danger below. You will not want to put this creature down. A wicked and wonderful debut."-Jessica Grant, author of Come, Thou Tortoise ...

Matthew J. Trafford's fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review and Matrix and has been anthologized in I.V. Lounge Nights and Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. He has won the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction and an honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards and has twice been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Prize. He lives in Toronto, where he works with deaf college students and perfo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.55 inPublished:January 24, 2011Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1553656032

ISBN - 13:9781553656036

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Th Divinity Gene - Divine! What an amazing collection of short stories! From humour, to the supernatural, to the power of love and loss, every story in this book left an impression on me. I especially loved iFaust (being a huge Stephen King fan-girl in my day), Gutted (love love love mermaids), Past Perfect (which actually brought me to tears with its beautiful but sorrowful ending), The Renegade Angels of Parkdale (which should be a movie), and The Divinity Gene (having read every book on Templars, and other biblic mysteries that I can!). What an amazing collection! Highly recommended and cannot wait for the next bunch of stories from Matthew J. Trafford!
Date published: 2011-02-21