Emmas Hands by Mary Swan

Emmas Hands

byMary Swan

Paperback | August 30, 2003

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The O. Henry Awards are regarded as America's most prestigious awards for short fiction. Mary Swan's story `The Deep', first published in The Malahat Review, was included in the 2001 O. Henry anthology, which featured such illustrious names as Alice Munro, Dan Chaon and Louise Erdrich. `The Deep'subsequently walked away with first prize.

In September, 2002, the Porcupine's Quill published The Deep in novella format. The book was shortlisted for the Canada/Carribean Region of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, `Best First Book' category.

Now, the Porcupine's Quill is pleased to bring you Emma's Hands. These stories range in their settings from an Israeli kibbutz to Ontario lakeside cottages to the beach at Ostend. Most of the stories are quietly cadenced and elegiac in tone and the prose is marked, as Alice Munro says, by `the urgency of feeling and the calm beauty of the telling.'

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A graduate of York University and the University of Guelph, Mary Swan has been published in numerous magazines and journals, including The Malahat Review in Canada, and Harper's in the United States. Her stories have also been published in several anthologies including Emergent Voices (Goose Lane 1990), Coming Attractions (Oberon 1999)...
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Title:Emmas HandsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.88 × 5.56 × 0.53 inPublished:August 30, 2003Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:088984268X

ISBN - 13:9780889842687

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`Toronto's far west corner plays host to high-end condos, low-end motels, a swimming palace, an abandoned dance hall. As well, it is the starting point of a weekly walk, a jaunt of mine, to the downtown core. Of course, there is the lake the reason such far-thinking developers built such attractions in the first place. The lake, this lake, is never the same lake twice. Silver with sunlight, dark and foreboding, the surface calm then rough. A new collection, Emma's Hands, is reminiscent of this land, this water. ... In Swan's two decades of writing, she has produced little more than a dozen short stories. I imagine the first, second, third renderings; the yellowed papers between. I say this because it is there in the retelling, the deftly nuanced prose. These character-driven pieces typically relate on two levels at once: documented day-to-day minutiae contrasted with, and often accompanied by, a deeper psychological truth surfaced in dreams, memories, epiphanies.'