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Getting Lucky

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With a clear-eyed affection for the wandering souls who populate the ten stories in Getting Lucky - as they cling to talismans like a cowboy shirt, a chenille bedspread and a 1953 classic Ford - Matt Cohen causes us to look at them, and the worlds they inhabit, in unexpected ways. In his darkly comic, wholly original manner, he moves and surprises us, makes us laugh, and r ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 13th 2001 by Vintage Canada (first published 2000)
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Sep 26, 2008 A.J. rated it really liked it
You can't call Matt Cohen a one-trick pony. There's a lot of range in these posthumous short stories, a variety of approaches and voices and styles that not many writers can pull off. One of Cohen's feet is planted firmly in familiar CanLit territory, in the kind of critique of small-town mores found in other Canadian writers of his generation. The other foot is dancing, stomping around pretty much wherever it wants to. You might complain that some of the stories seem slight, but perhaps it's ...more
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Matt Cohen studied political economy at the University of Toronto, and taught political philosophy and religion at McMaster University in the late 1960s before publishing his first novel, Korsoniloff, in 1969.

His greatest popular success as a writer was his final novel, Elizabeth and After, which won the 1999 Governor General's Award for English-language Fiction only a few weeks before his death.
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