The Dead Are More Visible by Steven HeightonThe Dead Are More Visible by Steven Heighton

The Dead Are More Visible

bySteven Heighton

Paperback | May 1, 2012

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An astoundingly original and tightly curated collection of stories from the award-winning author of Every Lost Country and Afterlands.
It is remarkably easy to accept Al Purdy's assertion that Steven Heighton--renowned for his craftsmanship, risk-taking, insight and range--"is one of the best writers of his generation, maybe the best." The Dead Are More Visible highlights his strengths at writing fiction that does not sacrifice humour, depth and emotion for the sake of brevity. These 11 profoundly moving and finely crafted stories encapsulate wildly divergent themes of love and loss, containment and exclusion. In the title story, a parks & rec worker faces an assailant who does not leave the altercation intact. A medical researcher and his claustrophobic fiancée are locked in the trunk of their car after a failed carjacking (the thief can't drive standard). A young woman enters a pharmaceutical trial in the outer reaches of suburbia and slips between sleeping and waking with increasingly alarming ease. Pairing the cultural acuity of Lost in Translation with the compassion and reach of The World According to Garp, Heighton breathes new life into the short story, a genre that is finally coming into its own.
Steven Heighton is the author of the novel Afterlands, which has appeared in six countries; was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice along with a best book of the year selection in ten publications in Canada, the US, and the UK; and has been optioned for film. He is also the author of The Shadow Boxer, a Canadian bestseller and...
Title:The Dead Are More VisibleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.98 × 5.4 × 0.75 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307397416

ISBN - 13:9780307397416

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Invisible, not invincible I've mentioned this before in an older review, I know a book is a dud when I keep thinking of what my next read will be. I tried to like this book, I really did. I've met the author and heard him talk about "The Dead Are More Visible," and he struck me as a very inspired and eloquent writer. But even after sticking with it till the end, it has not translated to paper. I find myself with no strong recollection of any stories, its plot or characters, and with only a superficial inkling of what I've read. Perhaps, the one about a carjacked couple, or the last story about a female character who signs up for a pharmaceutical trial, which Sarah Selecky did a much better job with a similarly-themed short story in "This Cake Is For The Party," were relatively intriguing. The writing style of Steven Heighton wasn't the issue here; in fact, I really enjoyed his choice of words and sentence structures. The stories just didn't grip me in the same way and has left me feeling I could have done without reading this.
Date published: 2012-12-20

Editorial Reviews

Trillium Award Finalist (2013)“A collection as powerful as the much earlier linked stories of Flight Paths of the Emperor…. He has retained his ironic intelligence as well as a rugged quality that’s fascinating and hard to define…. A delight…. Genius…. Funny, scary, sad.... The Dead Are More Visible is a fine collection of fictions, well worth reading.” —The Globe and Mail “Short stories are the ideal format for Steven Heighton...these tiny, distilled gems pack a...punch.” —Readers Digest  “Heighton is indisputably one of Canada’s most important literary talents.” —The Kingston Whig-Standard “To say Heighton is an immensely talented writer is true enough but insufficient.... As good as the fiction of Alice Munro and Mavis Gallant. Or to be more blunt, Heighton is as good a writer as Canada has ever produced.... The best stories in this book do what only great art can do: make us feel more fiercely alive.” —National Post “Both a fine poet and one of the better short story writers in this country.... As with any good writer, it’s easy to miss or take for granted all the things Heighton does well…. Work of this quality is a real achievement.” —Toronto Star