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Blue Husbands

byDon Dickinson


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Dickinson's first book, Fighting the Upstream, was described in The Globe & Mail as `truly memorable fiction'. With Blue Husbands, Dickinson returns with stories wilder and even funnier.

Although there is always an underlying melancholy in his writing which gives depth and bite to his humour, nearly all these stories resolve themselves into celebration. Sad, seedy, mad or battered as some of his characters are, Dickinson invests them all with dignity.

Don Dickinson was born in 1947 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He has worked at jobs as varied as labourer, fitness instructor, and shepherd, and now teaches high school in Lillooet, British Columbia. Blue Husbands won a 1991 B.C. Book Prize. It was also nominated for a Governor General's Award.
Title:Blue HusbandsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.75 × 5.56 × 0.39 inPublisher:Porcupine's Quill

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ISBN - 10:0889841233

ISBN - 13:9780889841239

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Concerning the hearts of lonely men This collection of stories revolves around the sadness of men who have lost their wives or lovers, often due to their own failings. I was especially taken with the story of a man who rescues another man who was about to jump from a bridge. This act of kindness inadvertently leads to greater losses in his own life. The stories are well-crafted and often poignant.
Date published: 2006-08-04

Editorial Reviews

`There's a lot of wonderful moping being done in Don Dickinson's début, Blue Husbands. All but two of the collection's nine stories concern lonely men groping about for lost and distanced loves. Stunned by senseless deaths and divorces, Dickinson's husbands grieve in a strange and endearing assortment of forms: one swallows a chain, another talks to a crab, another attempts 300,000 push-ups on the front lawn of his ex-wife. What makes these stories brilliant -- and they are -- is that Dickinson crafts such daring, funny tales out of the tortured, melancholy lives of solitary men.'