Contrary Angel by Mike BarnesContrary Angel by Mike Barnes

Contrary Angel

byMike Barnes

Paperback | May 15, 2004

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In stories of stark passion and haunting trauma, Contrary Angel finds an acute clarity in those moments when human desires meet the sorcery of the world. The stories are exuberantly diverse in both subject matter and technique, as evidenced by a few of their titles: `Urchipelago', `Karaoke Mon Amour', `Cogagwee', `Do Not Stand Outside the Grande Restaurant.' They take us from the brilliant career of the runner Tom Longboat to the comic machinations of a peeping Tom landlord. The final four-story sequence, `Doctors', follows an Egypt-obsessed girl from a savage childhood incident through her `running' years as an athlete, traveller, wife and doctor, culminating in a devastating encounter in an operating room in the middle of the night.

Stories from Contrary Angel have appeared twice in The Journey Anthology, twice in Best Canadian Stories, and won the Silver Medal at the National Magazine Awards.

Mike Barnes is the author of the novels Catalogue Raisonné and The Syllabus, the short fiction collections Aquarium -- winner of the 1999 Danuta Gleed Award -- and Contrary Angel, and two poetry collections, Calm Jazz Sea, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial award, and a thaw foretold. His stories have appeared twice in Best Ca...
Title:Contrary AngelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.72 inPublished:May 15, 2004Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842396

ISBN - 13:9780889842397

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`Throughout both sections of Contrary Angel Mike Barnes demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the world we live in, presenting characters that prove to the reader that we all come with warts, that they're hideous, but the blemishes will never go away. Barnes knows his characters, he knows their problems and he has no qualms in presenting them to his readers in a style that is forthright and evocative. ... As a two-for-one deal, Contrary Angel can't miss.'