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The Deep

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
"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
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 15th 2002 by Porcupine's Quill
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Jan 10, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2014 Annemariem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great short stories, especially 'The Deep' and 'Spanish Grammar', but every single story has a certain something that makes you smile.
Natalie Hamilton
Dec 14, 2014 Natalie Hamilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Heart breaking story of twin sisters who volunteer in France during WWI. The polyvocal style gives interesting insights into the characters and also maintains tension in the narrative. I can see in this the germ of the style that Swan used to shattering effect in her marvellous novel The Boys in the Trees.
Harve Lemelin
Jul 06, 2016 Harve Lemelin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful melancholic masterpiece.
Anne Sanow
Feb 04, 2008 Anne Sanow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Jan 13, 2010 Parissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An admirable collection of strangely provocative stories. The title story is easily the best-- you won't forget it.
May 30, 2007 Joanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult to read, but a great book. One to remember.
Abby Sominski
'the old wife' was a great story, the rest were ok.
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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
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