The Work of Mercy: Stories by Stephen GuppyThe Work of Mercy: Stories by Stephen Guppy

The Work of Mercy: Stories

Contribution byStephen Guppy

Paperback | March 9, 2006

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These nine stories from Stephen Guppy poignantly evoke the complex emotional terrain of children and teenagers from broken or dysfunctional families. These brilliantly conjured stories include a young Mormon girl from Utah and her mother who run away from the girl's stepfather only to drive into the radioactive dust cloud from an atomic bomb test. Two brothers in Edmonton disappear as their mother tries to protect them from a polio epidemic.

A man recollects his disjointed childhood spent with a war bride mother as they shuttle back and forth across the west. Two twins blame their mentally challenged younger brother for their fragmented youth. A young man breaks with the hippie lifestyle of his parents only to discover that his wife is more comfortable with his counter-culture father than with him. A young boy struggles with his father's new girlfriend as her sons torment him and he reacts in an unexpected way. A frustrated daughter escapes her gambling family by cheating at cards. A lonely boy finds solace in fishing with his silent stepfather, and then years later repeats the experience with his own son.

Each of these affecting stories reveals the fragility of childhood and family set against the treacherous and often incomprehensible backdrop of our volatile and dangerous world. Guppy is masterful in evoking the emotional charge of wounded youth.

Poet and short story writer Stephen Guppy lives on Vancouver Island. He is the author of Another Sad Day at the Edge of the Empire and the poetry collections Understanding Heaven, which was shortlisted for the BC Book Prize/Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry, and Blind Date with the Angel: The Diane Arbus Poems. A new short story collect...
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Title:The Work of Mercy: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:March 9, 2006Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887622232

ISBN - 13:9780887622236

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[Guppy] strolls up to an ending that leaves the reader...gasping. - The Ottawa Citizen