The Rule of Last Clear Chance by Judith McCormackThe Rule of Last Clear Chance by Judith McCormack

The Rule of Last Clear Chance

byJudith McCormack

Paperback | March 15, 2003

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Fresh, imaginative, witty -- these have all been used to describe Judith McCormack's stories, gathered here in a powerful debut collection. Her offbeat characters, many of them lawyers, provide a lively look at the absurdities which lie beneath the skin of everyday life. A grocer who sells lobsters, a Cuban apothecary, a hapless thief, and a dreamy lawyer who navigates by smell are some of the people who fall in and out of trouble in these stories. The collection follows their restless attempts to find footing in a colourful but tricky landscape. All of this is detailed in language with a remarkable sense of cadence, punctuated with tart insights.

Judith McCormack's writing career has involved an unusually rapid trajectory. Her first short story was nominated for the 2000 Journey Prize. Her second story, `Plural', won an honourable mention in The Fiddlehead's fiction contest, and has now been optioned for film by Genie-award-winning filmmaker Naomi McCormack. Her third story was...
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Title:The Rule of Last Clear ChanceFormat:PaperbackPublished:March 15, 2003Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842647

ISBN - 13:9780889842649

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`McCormack's prose resembles high realism in the way it adjusts reality into hyper-sharp focus. Smell is obviously important to McCormack and her descriptions create an almost animal-like heightened sense of reality. For instance, the protagonist in the title story compares the smell of the Highway Traffic Act to ``burnt sugar''.'