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In the title story, an eight-year-old boy's life is transformed when his parents take in an adolescent drifter. She stays in the basement and works at his father's service station, and she is as tough and unreachable as the boy is sensitive and vulnerable. She curses, she lies, she fixes cars, and she eventually steals from the cash register and runs off with the ...more
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published March 31st 1997 by Putnam Adult
(first published 1995)
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I found this collection just so-so, split between a few remarkable stories (the most memorable being the title piece) and some duds that strained my patience for the characters and their dilemnas. When it wasn't working, the opaque narratives frustrated my empathy for the characters, preventing me from gaining enough of a foothold on the action. When it was clicking, it felt cunning and perceptive, but not often deep enough for me. Perhaps this was fresher twenty years ago, but I personally find ...more
I don't remember much about this except that I bought it on the strength of having enjoyed 'The Healer' and found it vaguely disappointing, but that could very easily have been due to the fact that I rarely find short stories as satisfactory as a novel
Gregory "Greg" Hollingshead, CM is a Canadian novelist. He is currently a professor of English at the University of Alberta. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Schools and the University of Toronto. WikipediaMore about Greg Hollingshead...