We Could Stay Here All Night by Debbie HowlettWe Could Stay Here All Night by Debbie Howlett

We Could Stay Here All Night

byDebbie Howlett

Paperback | February 15, 1999

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These twelve linked stories confirm what we've suspsected all along: eventually we all outsmrat our parents. In this brilliant debut collection by Debbie Howlett we return to the turbulent 70s revisiting the bittersweet wonder years of Diane Wilkinson, a precocious teen living in suburban Montreal amidst the Catholic/Protestant, Federalist/Separatist split that foreshadowed the October Crisis. Against this backdrop of upheaval, Diane quietly chooses sides in her own domestic battles and armed with deadpan humour she protests her drunken father's hapless philandering, her uncle's half-cocked scams, her brother's dimwitted nosiness and her mother's silent acquiescence.

We Could Stay Here All Night captures the coming of age of a country as much as of a character-and hboth badly need to grow up. Diane soon comes to recognize, as we all must, that the line between adolescence and adulthood is one of convenience, and that the frantic search for love is no less desperate at 12 than it is at 40. Readers will want to curl up with these stories and stay all night.

Debbie Howlett's work has appeared in Prairie Fire, Room of One's Own, The Antigonish Review, Grain and in Best Canadian Stories 1990 and Words We Call Home. She lives in St. Lambert, Quebec.
Title:We Could Stay Here All NightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:159 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.3 inPublished:February 15, 1999Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888783930

ISBN - 13:9780888783936

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Diane Wilkinson may be young, but as a girl living amid Quebec’s religious and political uncertainty in the 1970s, she is fast becoming wise beyond her years. Closer to home, Diane realizes that her family is far from ideal. Her father drinks himself straight into the arms of other women and her mother maintains the silence of denial. Like quick bursts of insight, Debbie Howlett’s short stories capture the essence of the microcosm that the Wilkinson family represents for the Quebecois culture in We Could Stay Here All Night.