Why Cats Hate Birds: Short Stories

March 15, 2014|
Why Cats Hate Birds: Short Stories by Thomas Armstrong
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The title of Why Cats Hates Birds very much reflects the collection''s themes. Are we trapped by our nature? And what is our understanding of nature? What is black and white, straight and gay, reality and fantasy, Canadian and Barbadian? The stories in Why Cats Hate Birds are Armstrong''s way of saying that such distinctions are not natural but of our own construction. The work spans the length of Armstrong''s writing career. The earliest, ''Flying in God''s Face,'' which inspired his novel Of Water and Rock, is set in the 1960''s, though the majority take place in a today familiar to us all. Three stories in particular are linked by the character Charles Blackette: ''Kingdom of Fools,'' ''Invention'' and ''Blood is Thick.'' They explore Blackette''s life as a black man who battles his notion of self. But, at heart, all the stories in Why Cats Hate Birds, perceptive, resonant, emotionally honest, are an attempt to break those silos that separate us, and make us realize that other people''s stories are our stories.

Thomas Armstrong grew up in the suburbs of Toronto and earned a degree in Physics from the University of Toronto and later a degree in Computer Science from York University. He worked as a computer programmer and software writer, primarily in the financial services area. He began to write fiction in 2002. In 2009, Of Water and Rock was...
Title:Why Cats Hate Birds: Short Stories
Product dimensions:170 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.39 in
Shipping dimensions:170 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.39 in
Published:March 15, 2014
Publisher:DC BOOKS
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781927599266

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