Lines of Truth and Conversation by Joan AlexanderLines of Truth and Conversation by Joan Alexander

Lines of Truth and Conversation

byJoan Alexander

Paperback | April 22, 2005

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Alexander writes with a brash, comic, and socially sensitive touch that recalls Carol Shields. This isn't hip, trendy, urban writing. It is unflinching, vivid, and frequently domestic. Nino Ricci described the collection as possessing `an unbridled urgency and wit.... At once eccentric and precisely observed, they seem to hum with the energy of everything in life that is unreasonable and can't quite be contained.'

Joan Alexander was born in Chicago, and moved to Canada in 1979, where she worked as a teacher and a journalist for many years while continuing to study the writing craft. Her work has appeared in a number of Canadian literary journals and has been nominated for the Journey Prize, a National Magazine Award, and Best New American Voices...
Title:Lines of Truth and ConversationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.76 × 5.59 × 0.68 inPublished:April 22, 2005Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:088984271X

ISBN - 13:9780889842717

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Editorial Reviews

`Joan Alexander's character-driven short fiction is peopled with overly possessive daughters-in-law, social-climbing rabbis, reluctant mothers and New Age hairdressers. Her poignant, stylish and witty stories are worthy of a Robert Altman film, or even Woody Allen at his most acerbic. ... I can't think of a fictional equivalent, and that's because her work is fresh, original and quirky enough to defy categorization. I cannot find any traces of Alice Munro, Carol Shields or Margaret Atwood here. In other words, Lines of Truth and Conversation is a stellar debut. Her stories are readable, her characters are finely honed and her wry sense of humour gives her too-realistic portraits the levity that all serious fiction requires.' - Patricia Robertson - Globe and Mail - 20050611