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Floating Like the Dead: Stories

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In this sharply observed and erotically charged debut collection, Journey Prize-winner Yasuko Thanh immerses us in the lives of people on the knife edge of desire and regret, hungry for change yet still yearning for a place to call home, if only for a little while.

In a story set in 1960s Germany and crackling with sexual tension, a young woman on the verge of making a life
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Paperback, 232 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Emblem Editions
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Magdelanye
These 8 exquisitely written stories are each of them more like novellas so full and rich with detailed nuances and intense glimpses into lives on the edge of extreme, entrapped by their own conditions, 'belonging to no one but calling everywhere home'. p77
Louise
Jun 01, 2016 Louise rated it it was amazing
A new Canadian voice and what a wonderful voice it is. This terrific collection of short-stories has both grit and grace in every story. Raw yet human.
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This is an excellent quick read! I am excited for new writings by Yasuko!
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Dec 28, 2014 Dhanamusil rated it it was amazing
LOVED everything about this book. My girlfriend lent it to me, but I am definitely going out to buy it, can't imagine it not part of my collection. The short stories are a mirror into humanities many angles. I read each story twice, and was sad to move on, only to fall in love with the next story. The subjects are vast, from drugs to rape, to old age and lepers, fiction it seems, yet steeped in experience. If you like reading "The Sun" magazine, you will love this book. I can't stop thinking abo ...more
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An excellent collection of short stories.
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This collection of stories takes place all over the world and tackles many subjects. It is a very ambitious and also successful collection. My favourite is the titular story "Floating Like the Dead" which is about a leper colony off the coast of British Columbia. The very sad tone of the story still haunts me.
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Yasuko Thanh’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including Prairie Fire, Descant, PRISM international, and Vancouver Review. The title story, "Floating Like the Dead," won the prestigious Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize in 2009. She was a finalist for the Future Generations Millennium Prize, the Hudson Prize, and the David Adams Richards Prize, which recog ...more
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