Hellgoing: Stories

Paperback | July 27, 2013

byLynn Coady

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Winner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book and for The Globe's Top 10 Books of 2013.

With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady gives us nine unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long after the last.

A young nun charged with talking an anorexic out of her religious fanaticism toys with the thin distance between practicality and blasphemy. A strange bond between a teacher and a schoolgirl takes on ever deeper, and stranger, shapes as the years progress. A bride-to-be with a penchant for nocturnal bondage can't seem to stop bashing herself up in the light of day.

Equally adept at capturing the foibles and obsessions of men and of women, compassionate in her humour yet never missing an opportunity to make her characters squirm, fascinated as much by faithlessness as by faith, Lynn Coady is quite possibly the writer who best captures what it is to be human at this particular moment in our history.

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Winner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book and for The Globe's Top 10 Books of 2013.With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady gives us nine unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing our attention fro...

Lynn Coady is a novelist and essayist whose fiction has been garnering acclaim since her first novel, Strange Heaven, was published and subsequently nominated for the Governor General's Award for Fiction when she was twenty-eight. Her short story collection Hellgoing won the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious liter...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.58 inPublished:July 27, 2013Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781770893085

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hellgoing The 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner was a bit of a mystery to me as I was reading it. In fact, at first I wasn't even sure why Lynn Coady chose the name 'Hellgoing' for her collection of short stories. As I read on, however, I realized that each story had characters who were going through their own personal hell - the horrors of high school, the self-loathing of anorexia, alcoholism and obesity, the shame of teenage pregnancy, a honeymoon that is disappointing – perhaps a situation that would seem trivial to anyone except the character going through it - perhaps a situation that lasts only a day or two and is then forgotten. Often the characters are nothing short of unsympathetic. Frequently their stories are unresolved. Still, in the end I found the book compelling and find myself still thinking about it. Definitely worth re-reading.
Date published: 2016-09-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hell going Very confusing since the beginning... I could not finish to read the first chapter. I might go back some other time. Right now I need something else.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspired, witty, diverse In this short story collection, Coady brings the voice of a generation to life, echoing the sharp wit and playfully casual tone of bloggers at The Toast and The Hairpin, all the while spinning tales held together through a theme of sin and sinners. The stories themselves are extremely diverse, and sometimes feel too-short as they end just as you've formed a connection to a character. This is the brilliance of Coady's writing, though, as she keeps you propelled into the next tale. Strongly recommended, but perhaps not accessible to all readers due to the tone of her writing, which can, as one reviewer mentioned, seem disjointed and cold to some. I loved it, but perhaps it's not accessible to everyone. Still, worth a shot!
Date published: 2015-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hellgoing Stories Could not figure out what all the fuss is about this book. It was okay but not great. I must be missing something!
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hellgoing Stories I didn't become a fan of this book. I ended up skimming through most of the short stories trying to find one in which I would care about any of the characters. I am a fan of the genre but couldn't grab onto this book.
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hell Going Too much thinking involved....each short story always ended in that nasty "why" question.
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hellgoing Sorry. I didn't get any of the story lines.
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disjointed I rarely find reading laborious, but this novel was disjointed,cold and lacked passion. I kept waiting to read one short story that would make up for the rest but was bitterly disappointed.
Date published: 2014-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hellgoing "Hellgoing" by Lynn Coady it's a collection of short stories and even though this book won the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize it just wasn't what I was expecting. I was hoping for an enjoyable read; however, I just couldn't connect with any of these stories. By the time I was getting into a story, it ended, which made me say "what? And left me with many questions. I like stories with a beginning, an end, a plot to link them and characters that I can relate to and understand. These stories, to me, seem like fragments of a story. I have to rate it ** and give credit to the author for portraying conflicts between compassion and self-protection in characters that perhaps will resonate with hidden aspects of ourselves. Also interweaving the present despair with reimagined perceptions of past events, and those moments of stolen innocence that haunt us through life. The concept in these stories is there and I got it. I was just expecting a better ending in all of them.
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hellgoing I feel that the synopsis of this book was very misleading. I was expecting a disturbing, dark read - something I'm very much into. However, each story was short, frustrating, and unfinished. There was no singular story that stood out for me; they all felt rushed and uninteresting. The entire collection felt self-absorbed and overly pleased with itself. I'm annoyed that I spent money on this.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hellgoing This book was like reading a series of boring pointless jokes that have no punchline.
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witty and fresh ! I really had fun reading this work by Lynn Coady. The stories are all very well written and were thought provoking to say the least. A fast read that can easily be digested in a few sittings.
Date published: 2013-11-27

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Editorial Reviews

"This is story on the verge of exceeding its narrative boundaries, and these moments are some of the most exciting in Coady's work to date." - Sue Sinclair, Winnipeg Review"A sharp, insightful writer with a tight, jarring style that makes use of fast narrative cuts, Coady deliberately leaves the human scribble tangled. This isn't out of a desire to play coy, but rather an admission that problems involving relationships don't have easy resolutions that can be clearly expressed." - Alex Good, Quill & Quire"Since 1998's Strange Heaven, her Governor General's Award-nominated debut novel, Coady has harmonized humour and heart in prose that rings true. Hellgoing provides another reminder that her use of wit is consummate, and her regard for the reader is gracious." - David Chau, Georgia Straight".brilliant collection of short stories." - Dana Medoro, Winnipeg Free Press"Hellgoing is hell going.Coady is a muscular writer, who drives us right smack into the situation her characters are experiencing. Coady's stories are not about commonalities as such. They are unique." - Jennifer Hunter, Toronto Star"Hellgoing is a superb collection, end to end, and easily one of the best books I've read so far in 2013." - Michael Hingston, Edmonton Journal"Toting their trauma, Coady's characters repel these attacks from fathers, doctors,lovers and the legion of others that 'know best' by learning "to hurt and insult him aseffortlessly as he did me." This rebellion lets Coady's wicked wit shine, and while compassionfrom the reader is complicated by this attitude, Coady always delivers a knockout punch atthe end of each story," like picking at your cuticles and being surprised when they start toache and bleed." - Mike Landry, Telegraph-Journal's Salon Magazine"One of the hallmarks of Lynn Coady's work is her shrewd examination of the underexplored byways of human psychology.Coady is a writer who increasingly commands attention and respect" - Jeet Heer, The Globe and Mail"It is the author's demonstrable strength as an ironist that prevents these stories- and these characters from appearing completely hopeless.[Coady's] sharp sense of humour serves to humanize even the most vicious or clueless figures in the book. There is searing honesty here about humankind's inability, or unwillingness, to make an effort at connection, but the author's own humanity rescues her vision from descending into despair or nihlism." - Steven W Beattie, National Post"...powerful..." - Chris Benjamin, Atlantic Books Today"Coady's Giller-winning book of stories ranges wildly in style and content, but taken as a whole is an ideal introduction to one of Canada's finest writers." - Jared Bland, Globe and Mail"...a damned good read." - Lori Hahnel, Alberta Views