Mad Hope

April 15, 2012|
Mad Hope by Heather Birrell
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In the stories of Mad Hope, Journey Prize winner Heather Birrell finds the heart of her characters and lets them lead us into worlds both recognizable and alarming. A science teacher and former doctor is forced to re-examine the role he played in CeauÃ?escu''s Romania after a student makes a shocking request; a tragic plane crash becomes the basis for a meditation on motherhood and its discontents; women in an online chat group share (and overshare) their anxieties and personal histories; and a chance encounter in a waiting room tests the ties that bind us. Using precise, inventive language, Birrell creates astute and empathetic portraits of people we thought we knew - and deftly captures the lovely, maddening mess of being human.

Heather Birrell is the author of two short story collections: Mad Hope (Coach House Books, 2012) and I know you are but what am I? (Coach House Books, 2004). Her stories have been shortlisted for both the Western and National Magazine Awards and have appeared in numerous Canadian literary journals. A frequent book reviewer and ...
Title:Mad Hope
Product dimensions:232 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:232 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.5 in
Published:April 15, 2012
Publisher:Coach House Books
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781552452585

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