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The Deep

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"The Deep" is a vivid, accomplished tale of twin sisters caught up in the mania that was World War I. The year is 1918. Esther and Ruth, living a life privileged and protected, embark upon a journey to France that will profoundly affect their relationship with each other, those they leave behind and those they have yet to meet.

In France, their experiences bring them face t...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 15th 2002 by Porcupine's Quill
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Only read "the deep" while i was living in mexico-- not the other stories. I think I need a breather. I'd stashed a copy of 2003 "best short stories" in my suitcase for its efficiency and portability in entertainment during my extended stay in another country. Then, once I started reading it, It was sort of like i was getting drunk on it, as a story, or like standing outside in rare, dangerous winter thunderstorm.

anyway, then i read (again, in the infamous southern lit course) grace king's "the...more
Great short stories, especially 'The Deep' and 'Spanish Grammar', but every single story has a certain something that makes you smile.
Anne Sanow
The title story (strange twins, WWI) is brilliant: haunting and gorgeously written. Because it's novella-length, it has also been published separately (by Granta Books, and I think also by a small Canadian press). I'd advise just getting that--the others in this volume just don't hold a candle to "The Deep," and even some of the better ones take up too-similar material.

An admirable collection of strangely provocative stories. The title story is easily the best-- you won't forget it.
Difficult to read, but a great book. One to remember.
Abby Sominski
'the old wife' was a great story, the rest were ok.
Dutch editor: Lolies van Grunsven
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Mary Swan is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. She is also a trained librarian with a keen eye for history. Her novel The Boys in the Trees, a shortlisted nominee for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize, was inspired by a newspaper clipping concerning a death within a family.

Swan was the winner of the 2001 O. Henry Award for short fiction for her short story "The Deep", which was published...more
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