All Saints by K.D. Miller

All Saints

byK.D. Miller

Paperback | April 15, 2014

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction PrizeLonglisted for the 2014 Frank O'Connor AwardIn a linked collection that presents the secret small tragedies of an Anglican congregation struggling to survive, All Saints delves into the life of Simon, the Reverend, and the lives of his parishioners: Miss Alice Vipond, a refined and elderly schoolteacher, incarcerated for a horrendous crime; a woman driven to extreme anxiety by an affair she cannot end; a receptionist, and her act of improbable generosity; a writer making peace with her divorce. Effortlessly written and candidly observed, All Saints is a moving collection of tremendous skill, whose intersecting stories illuminate the tenacity and vulnerability of modern-day believers. Praise for All Saints "Fictional places have been mostly secular of late: the home, the bar, the workplace. Standing at the centre of K.D. Miller's touching and intimate collection of linked stories is, unfashionably, a church. All Saints is not just the setting for the habits and rituals of this motley group-parishioners, priest, passersby-but the central image that gives these stories their poignancy. As obsolescence threatens the church, it also puts in peril the connections each character has to others at the very time the world so badly needs human connections. All Saints is a moving and soulful book."-Caroline Adderson Praise for KD Miller"Fictional places have been mostly secular of late: the home, the bar, the workplace. &nbspStanding at the centre of K.D. Miller's touching and intimate collection of linked stories is, unfashionably, a church. &nbsp All Saints is not just the setting for the habits and rituals of this motley group - parishioners, priest, passersby - but the central image that gives these stories their poignancy. &nbspAs obsolescence threatens the church, it also puts in peril the connections each character has to others at the very time the world so badly needs human connections. &nbspAll Saints &nbspis a moving and soulful book."-Caroline Adderson"One of Canada's finest writers, able to probe deeper into the human heart than the best surgeon."- The National Post "[Miller] will no doubt inspire and affirm other artists-not to mention ordinary folks-who wrestle (in secret) with angels."- Toronto Star "It is a testament to Miller's genius that she makes us care so much about her characters and their fates."- Quill and Quire "Keep an eye out for K.D. Miller: this is a new writer worth watching."- The Ottawa Citizen "To say that she is refreshing, original, or direct are all understatements. Miller's spiritual integrity cuts through pious platitudes and quick-fix faith fluff like an icebreaker on a long-lost frozen ocean called religion."- United Church Observer

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K. D. Miller is the author of two previous short story collections, Give me Your Answer and Litany on a Time of Plague, and an essay collection, Holy Writ. Her work has twice been collected in The Journey Prize Anthology and Best Canadian Stories, and she has been nominated for a National Magazine Award for Fiction. She lives and w...
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Title:All SaintsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.26 × 5.26 × 0.56 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:BiblioasisLanguage:English

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"[Miller] brings the wisdom and deft touch of a seasoned expert to her new collection ... Her characters are complex, ambivalent, inconsistent, flawed, and tragically human. Like Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad, Miller's new boo walks the line between novel and linked stories, reshaping each genre in the process. All Saints is the work of a writer with a confident voice and a clear vision." - Quill & Quire "The 10 stories in this Toronto writer's fourth collection (she also has an essay collection and a novel to her credit) involve an Anglican church, its new minister, his various parishioners and those whose lives intersect with All Saints. A lovely premise for a book about the inner lives of a handful of individuals." - Toronto Star "Miller is firing on all cylinders here ... [her] stories are tightly interwoven, their connections subtle and teasing." - National Post "Expertly crafted short stories that perform an impressive story arc and engage the reader's fascinated attention from first page to last, All Saints is an extraordinary anthology that documents author K.D. Miller as an impressively gifted and original writer ... highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections." - the Midwest Book Review"Remarkable ... Miller deftly captures life's small poignancies and comedies ... An absorbing, amusing and deeply meaningful read that affirms the power of sacred spaces-and excellent books-even in the modern world." - The Globe and Mail"Miller, who has previously published collections of essays, short stories and a novel, has an ease of style that produces elegant turns of phrase ... The overlapping narratives weave the stories and recurring themes together. Love, faith, marriage, sex, death, aging, mental illness and the meaning of community are all explored with dignity." - Publishers Weekly"From the first page of All Saints, readers know they're in the hands of a true writer. With language both rich and restrained, images both precise and evocative, Miller entices us into the lives of people who all share a connection to an Anglican church being slowly deserted. Thanks to the subtle and intricate structure of the collection, the individual stories knit into a whole, achieving the effect of a novel, offering portraits of individuals and their tenuous community that claim a permanent place in our minds, and leaving us grateful for K.D. Miller's artistry." - Neil Bissoondath, Helen Humphreys, and George Murray, 2014 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Judges