Vanishing: And Other Stories by Deborah WillisVanishing: And Other Stories by Deborah Willis

Vanishing: And Other Stories

byDeborah Willis

Paperback | January 10, 2012

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Vanishing and Other Stories explores emotional and physical absences, the ways in which people leave, are left, and whether or not it's ever possible to move on. Readers will encounter a skinny ice-cream scooper named Nina Simone, a vanishing visionary of social utopia, a French teacher who collects fiancés, and a fortune-telling mother who fails to predict the heartbreak of her own daughter. The characters in this collection will linger in the imagination, proving that nothing is ever truly forgotten.

DEBORAH WILLIS's first book, Vanishing and Other Stories, was named one of The Globe and Mail's Best Books of 2009, and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for fiction. Her second book, The Dark and Other Love Stories, was published in Canada and the United States in spring 2017 and will be translated into Italian by Del V...
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Title:Vanishing: And Other StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.3 × 5.3 × 0.81 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143182250

ISBN - 13:9780143182252

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mrs . Q: Book Addict// Book Blogger.. http://web.me.com/quirion Author: Deborah Willis Publisher: Harper Perennial Pages: 285 Source: Publisher Category:Fiction (Short Story Collection) Rating: 3/5 Synopsis from Goodreads: Vanishing and Other Stories explores emotional and physical absences, the ways in which people leave, are left, and whether or not it's ever possible to move on. Readers will encounter a skinny ice-cream scooper named Nina Simone, a vanishing visionary of social utopia, a French teacher who collects fiancés, and a fortune-telling mother who fails to predict the heartbreak of her own daughter. The characters in this collection will linger in the imagination, proving that nothing is ever truly forgotten. Overall Impression: I really wanted to enjoy this novel, and I did until I realized this is a book of hopelessness. I only read the first 5 stories, and I had to put it down. These short stories are emotional, gloomy and filled with despair. When someone leaves you for one reason or another there is an empty void that cannot be filled. People leave for a variety of reason, sometimes people leave willingly and sometimes not. I thought the stories were very well written and very detailed. I honestly think Deborah Willis is a very talented writer but this is simply not my type of book. I felt like I needed more. I was looking for hope, positive outcomes and a future. I didn’t feel any closure as I finished the stories, and I needed to know more about the characters. I don’t normally read a lot of short stories, and that could have impacted my impression. Please keep in ming that I do not want to discourage anyone from reading this, it has received some great reviews. If it sounds like something you would enjoy, please give it a try. I’ve learned that sometimes a book is not for you, and you have to move on. If you’ve read this one, and there is a story that you loved. Please let me know, I will try it out. I’m an optimist, I’m a very happy person...doom and gloom is not for me. I’m the girl who sees the glass half full.
Date published: 2010-10-09

Editorial Reviews

“The emotional range and depth of these stories, the clarity and deftness, is astonishing.” - Alice Munro“The stories in Vanishing show the magic of fiction at its best: fully realized worlds inseparable from the uncanny fact that they exist as mere words, magnificently strung together.” - The Globe and Mail“The fourteen arresting stories in [Willis’s] debut collection are about to hurtle her into the literary spotlight…. She elicits immediate curiosity about her characters. Right away we want to know: Who are these people? What are their stories? Yet her methods remain mysterious. If possible, Willis’s prose is even less showy than Munro’s: It is not merely down to earth, but of the earth. Her words feel essential and elemental. She is one of those writers who make fiction feel less of a genre than a language unto itself.” - Gazette (Montreal)“If I were a betting man, I’d put a sack of cash on Deborah Willis becoming a nationally renowned writer … a remarkably accomplished collection.” - Times Colonist“Even-tempered, sober and intimate, Willis’s debut collection has a gravity that suggests both the conventionality and maturity of an author well into her career. But if echoes of Mavis Gallant and Alice Munro (and, in the hard-luck stories, Raymond Carver) reveal her as an astute apprentice, Willis also illustrates her talent for crafting stories that confidently reflect her distinctive techniques and voice … Her succession of insights about the small moments people share and the consequences of individual choices keep us turning pages, enthralled.” - Vancouver Sun“Spare, haunting, and insightful, these stories are wonderfully wrought snapshots about human frailty and loss that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.” - Calgary Herald“Willis’ work is matter-of-fact on the surface, but beneath this veneer, it is absolutely propelled through to its captivating conclusion. The reader knows what will be discovered … yet cannot stop reading or look away … I wouldn’t be surprised to see [the book] shortlisted for an award or two next year.” - Eye Weekly“Though the stories share themes and narrative tone, each stands firmly on its own, with Willis in full control as the characters face down their losses.” - Publishers Weekly“A remarkable new writer, Willis delivers 14 lovely tales and countless vivid moments in her first fiction collection… It is stunning to see how Willis’ characters shape themselves around what is missing in their lives, and to see how Willis takes such care with all of the people who inhabit her stories. Readers will feel the joy of discovery in reading an emerging writer whose work will crowd our bookshelves for years to come.” - Booklist“Vanishing and Other Stories is a book of rare insight into the complications of the human heart. Light of touch but deep in content, Deborah Willis’s stories startle, exhilarate and radiate with piercing insights. Original and deftly structured, all 14 continue to resonate long after the book is finished.” - Canada Council for the Arts