Learning to Live Indoors by Alison AchesonLearning to Live Indoors by Alison Acheson

Learning to Live Indoors

byAlison Acheson

Paperback | November 28, 1998

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`The short stories in Alison Acheson's Learning to Live Indoors deal with family relationships. Acheson, who lives in British Columbia, has previously published two young adult novels, one of which was shortlisted for several awards. But although this collection is full of domestic detail, there is nothing cozy about the stories.'

Alison Acheson is the author of five juvenile/young adult novels. Her stories have been published in The New Quarterly, Grain and the Antigonish Review. She lives, writes and teaches in Ladner, British Columbia.She says of her stories: `Variety is what I like myself, both in writing and reading. I enjoy feeling that I am in a unique he...
Title:Learning to Live IndoorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.74 × 5.55 × 0.48 inPublished:November 28, 1998Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842019

ISBN - 13:9780889842014

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From Our Editors

Learning to Live Indoors is a collection of short fiction by Alison Acheson that alerts readers to their subtle "rightness" by the intensity of the author's observation and invention. Marriages, the family dog, toothbrushes, a pair of underwear flapping on the bit of roof below the window -- each serves to rework poignant imagery from the familiar and domestic with deft delicacy. Acheson is the author of two novels for juveniles, The Half-Pipe Kidd and Thunder Ice. Learning to Live Indoors is her first work of adult fiction.

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Alison Acheson writes stories of domestic life, of marriages, children, the family dog, toothbrushes. In every one of her stories the reader recognizes home and is moved by the delicacy, the intensity, and the subtle rightness of the author's observation and invention.Acheson writes of her work: `I have come to realize that short stories come and go. They are shadows visiting your doorway. They don't venture in. You must woo them, and quickly, lest they move on. They always will move on. And don't worry them; don't play too long. Don't look at their underbellies until they're complete and able to turn over on their own. Short stories are unlike novels, moving in with their bloody baggage, rather like the mother-in-law in ``Learning'', they take over whatever room is spare, or not-so-spare, and there they are, setting up their family photos (the stay will be a long one), eating through your fridge, taking too long in the bathroom. And while you are explaining to them that they cannot leave their underwear flapping on the bit of roof below the dormer window, a short story will escape, letting out a little cry as its feet slip in the gravel just outside the kitchen door.'`The first thing you notice in Acheson's stories are the words; the precision, the clarity. It's as if she were lovingly-ardently reconstructing thought and image out of a dear, old, familiar language long fallen into disuse. She blows off the dust; discovers the shape of sound.'