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Your little arms and legs move just like you are a baby monkey climbing into the leafy branches of a tree. But you are not a monkey. Your nose twitches and your mouth moves as though you are a bunny sniffing the garden air. But you are not a bunny. Moving from animal to animal, leading to a…read more

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THE GILLER PRIZE-WINNING NOVEL BY JOHANNA SKIBSRUD. Haunted by the vivid horrors of the Vietnam War, exhausted from years spent battling his memories, Napoleon Haskell leaves his North Dakota trailer and moves to Canada. He retreats to a small Ontario town where Henry, the father of his fallen…read more

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Johanna Skibsrud's debut novel connects the flooding of an Ontario town, the Vietnam War, a trailer in North Dakota and an unfinished boat in Maine. Parsing family history, worn childhood memories, and the palimpsest of old misunderstandings, Skibsrud's narrator maps her father's past. Napoleon…read more

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Giller prize winning Johanna Skibsrud’s stories are both wise and querying, showing us through her characters’ eyes what even they cannot see. In “The Electric Man,” a woman’s safe world is confronted and doubted by an unusual man. Does he despise her, or like her too much? Through their uneasy…read more

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With this collection of wise, querying stories, Giller Prize winner Johanna Skibsrud introduces us to an astonishing array of characters, showing us through their eyes what even they cannot see and uncorking minor epiphanies in the middle of the most unremarkable days. This Will Be Difficult to…read more

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From Giller Prize winner Johanna Skibsrud, a "compassionate and beautiful" ( Globe and Mail ) story of families changed forever by the upheavals of history      The year is 1932, and America is roiling with unrest. Arthur and Douglas Sinclair, a World War I veteran and his…read more

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Johanna Skibsrud's debut poetry collection makes inquiries into that peculiar phenomenon of being alive in the world, opening wide moments of uncertainty in the search for a sense of inner resolve that resembles the outer calm of trees and neighbours. At each step testing the waters of her own…read more

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Quartet for the End of Time follows the lives of Arthur and Douglas Sinclair—a World War I veteran and his son—and Alden and Sutton Kelly—the children of a powerful U.S. congressman—after their fates powerfully and irrevocably intersect during the Bonus Army Riots of 1932 in Washington, D.C.read more

The Description of the World

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This title releases October 4, 2016

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The Description of the World was the original title for Marco Polo's writings about his travels, but in describing the world, Polo also helped to create it. In this collection, Skibsrud asks: is our world really what it appears to be? How do we shape it through language? And if language can…read more

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Your little arms and legs move just like you are a baby monkey climbing into the leafy branches of a tree. But you are not a monkey. Your nose twitches and your mouth moves as though you are a bunny sniffing the garden air. But you are not a bunny. Moving from animal to animal, leading to a…read more

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Poets have always wrestled with the mutability of things (particularly or life and love) and with the problem of conveying the true shape of human emotion and experience through the often inadequate tool of language. The poems in Johanna Skibsrud's new collection, I Do Not Think that I Could Love…read more