The Meaning of Children: Stories by Beverly AkermanThe Meaning of Children: Stories by Beverly Akerman

The Meaning of Children: Stories

byBeverly Akerman

Paperback | April 1, 2012

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Organized into three sections—appropriately titled “Beginning,” “Middle,” and “End”—the 14 stories in this collection approach the complexities of being human during those three distinct but interdependent stages of life. The author combines emotional depth and literary appeal to view the world through the eyes of children, the sorrow and ecstasies of child-bearing years, and the culmination of life in old age. Skillfully woven together, the narratives give an array of views through a medley of fascinating characters that include a girl who discovers a fear of heights as her parents’ marriage unravels, a 30-something venture fund manager at odds with his daughter’s paternity, an orphan accused of homophobia whose hands kill whatever they touch, and a mother of two who can only bear to consider abortion in the second person. Through an eclectic array of tales, this provocative anthology acknowledges that the world can be a very dark place while simultaneously longing for redemption through children.

Beverly Akerman is an award-winning author whose honors include the David Adams Richards Prize and a Fishtrap Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines, including Best New Writing 2011, the Antigonish Review, carte blanche, Fog City Review, Gemini Magazine, the Vocabula Review, and Windsor Revi...
Title:The Meaning of Children: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:April 1, 2012Publisher:EXILE EDITIONSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1550961489

ISBN - 13:9781550961485

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoroughly Enjoyable I enjoyed The Meaning of Children so much that I wished there were twice as many stories! If I had to pick one, Pour Un Instant was my favourite. I was sad to come to the end of the book.
Date published: 2011-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winner, 2010 David Adams Richards Prize Richards Prize Judge JoAnne Soper-Cook said the work shows "...a keen, incisive vision into the hidden world of children as well as intimate knowledge of the secret spaces that exist between the everyday events of life. There is knowledge here, knowledge of those important, life defining moments of puberty, the birth of a sibling, an encounter with a possibly dangerous stranger. Overall, a work with a brilliant sense of story." Other editors and contest judges have also offered feedback on individual stories: “Emotional and tightly written.” David Bright, Gemini Magazine; “Solid and very funny. Great stuff!” Karl Jirgens, Rampike; “Oh, it's lovely. I like it when my body responds to writing; right now there's an ache in my throat.” Susan Rendell, EarLit Shorts; “The judges liked…the resistance to the happy ending, and the idea that there is often something or someone waiting for the small mistake.” The Writers’ Union of Canada, 2007 Short Prose Competition Jury “I love the mystery and the fear in this story—the ending works so well.” Colleen Donfield, The Sun; “...beautifully unbearable...” Nancy Zafris, Flannery O'Connor Awards.
Date published: 2011-01-29

Editorial Reviews

"Oh, it's lovely. I like it when my body responds to writing; right now there's an ache in my throat."