The Chick at the Back of the Church by Billie LivingstonThe Chick at the Back of the Church by Billie Livingston

The Chick at the Back of the Church

byBillie Livingston

Paperback | January 1, 2001

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Billie Livingston's poems drive straight for the sharp edges--from the rough, self-assured and brash voice of a woman who poses nude at seventeen while considering the 40-year-old photographer as her guinea pig, to the confidante of relatives and friends grappling with the torturing frustration of love, sexuality, adultery and death.

These jagged realities also collide with the innocence of childhood--a toddler being offered LSD by the next-door neighbor, a Catholic schoolgirl being dropped into the frontlines of a fierce abortion protest and a young woman trying to relax with a book in a park but instead facing an unwelcome exposure. Livingston also includes a selection of poems written from the disparate voices of a self-destructive family that eventually developed into her popular novel.
Billie Livingston has published short fiction and poetry in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. She is the author of Going Down Swinging (Random House, 2000) and winner of This Magazine's 2000 Short Story Contest. Born in Toronto, Billie now lives in Vancouver where she writes, works in the film industry, and collaborates on vari...
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Title:The Chick at the Back of the ChurchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 0.28 inPublished:January 1, 2001Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889711771

ISBN - 13:9780889711778

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Praise for Livingston's Previous Work:Going Down Swinging is a moving first book, and Livingston a compelling new voice -- one that should be welcomed and watched.--The Globe and MailLivingston succeeds gorgeously in capturing the messiness and unresolvable ambiguities of familial love.--National PostThis story is intelligent and touching ... In prose that reflects her poetic skills ... Livingston resists easy sentimentality at every turn.--The Toronto StarTough, unflinching realism ... [She] reveals an unflinching eye and a formidable grasp of the mysteries of the human heart.--The Vancouver Sun