The Odious Child: And Other Stories by Carolyn BlackThe Odious Child: And Other Stories by Carolyn Black

The Odious Child: And Other Stories

byCarolyn Black

Paperback | April 20, 2011

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What would you do if your child was a furry feral creature or your new love interest a potential serial killer (or worse, a fictitious cliché)? In The Odious Child, Carolyn Black invents her own blend of urban fantasy, crafting a unique storyscape that she populates with a series of mostly nameless figures who are trapped in social roles that they anxiously try to fulfill - and sometimes manage to escape. With a refreshingly clear voice and dark, offbeat sense of humour, Black tempers her incisive examination of contemporary frustration and loneliness with wry optimism and wit.
Carolyn Black's stories have appeared in literary journals across Canada. "Serial Love" was published in the prestigious Journey Prize anthology, and "At World's End, Falling Off" won Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards. She received an M.A. in English from the University of Toronto, where she now works, converting early...
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Title:The Odious Child: And Other StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 20, 2011Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889712549

ISBN - 13:9780889712546

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The Odious Child is an alluring portrait of the magic of the mind to twist and tense under the conditioning of a fractured city. Black's work here evinces the kind of spirited control that gets my gears turning, and her ability to zero in on details, the myriad tiny fragments of thought and life, ensure that in me she has enchanted a perpetually devoted reader.
--E. M. Keeler, Bookside Table Blog