Keep It Beautiful

June 1, 2013|
Keep It Beautiful by Kelly Ward
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This debut collection of stories teems with characters just on the fringe of the mainstream, and each story examines the mundane and abject sides of normalcy. A middle-aged woman spends her life in the slot machine pit of a rural casino where she navigates her misplaced affections for two men: one a lifelong gambler and couch-surfing cad, the other a kid in his early 20s who makes her forget her own age and place in the world. Twenty-something newlyweds Asa and Maria attempt to conceive for the first six months of their marriage. When her apparent dream of becoming a mother doesn't pan out quickly, Maria distances herself from Asa. A septuagenarian utilizes younger shoppers as pawns to make her weekly grocery-store jaunt that much easier to navigate. Each of the characters find humor and beauty in unlikely places, while often playing victim—or at times accomplice—to their circumstances.

Kelly Ward is a freelance writer and editor whose fiction, poetry, and journalism have appeared in various publications across Canada, including Existere, Matrix Magazine, SubTerrain, Taddle Creek, Word Magazine, and various other literary journals. She lives in Toronto.
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Title:Keep It Beautiful
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:200 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.4 in
Shipping dimensions:200 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.4 in
Published:June 1, 2013
Publisher:Tightrope Books, Inc.
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781926639628

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