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Poached Egg On Toast

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Representing over 20 years of Frances Itani’s remarkablewriting, Poached Egg On Toast gathers her best work, plus sevennew stories, instantly revealing why she is among the top ranks of contemporaryfiction writers. Combining precise, subtle observation with a clear andunflinching eye for the human condition, this collection moves through manylocales—from a Quebec village t ...more
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Published September 5th 2005 by Phyllis Bruce Books Perennial (first published August 30th 2004)
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Deanna McFadden
Mar 13, 2013 Deanna McFadden rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of good books. Books I'd recommend heartily to friends and family. Books I push on strangers at various events. Books I try to sell. Books with good writing, a solid story, and that provide a solid experience from start to finish. Good writing is good writing. But great writing, well, that brings an emotional depth that resonates and goes beyond the story itself. Poached Eggs on Toast is, simply put, great writing. Frances Itani's Deafening was a glorious novel, but I think that whe ...more
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May 23, 2016 Wendy rated it really liked it
Short stories with repeating themes (seaside environment, twins, war in Afghanistan, Eastcoast of Canada, travels in Europ, alcoholism in families). Her writing is always so clear, setting the scenes beautifully.
Susan Robertson
May 10, 2015 Susan Robertson rated it really liked it
A very good read from Itani. Loved some if the stories in this collection, and found many others interesting windows on relationships.
Mrsgaskell
Jun 08, 2011 Mrsgaskell rated it really liked it
I enjoyed these short stories very much! Frances Itani was already one of my favourite Canadian writers and this collection just confirms her position there. Short stories aren't my preferred reading but there are exceptions. These stories are set in various parts of Canada as well as Europe and Japan and the author has a gift for bringing places to life - felt I was there. The stories that stood out for me were Marx & Co., P'tit Village, and What We Are Capable Of.
Ted Dettweiler
Dropped. Read some of the stories. Didn't grab me like Leaning Over Water.
Elizabeth
Jul 18, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Interesting ideas and immediately drawn in to the characters.
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Frances Susan Itani is a Canadian fiction writer, poet and essayist.

Itani was born in Belleville, Ontario and grew up in Quebec. She studied nursing in Montreal and North Carolina, a profession which she taught and practised for eight years. However, after enrolling in a writing class taught by W. O. Mitchell, she decided to change careers.

Itani has published ten books, ranging from fiction and po
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