Vanishing and Other Stories
A French teacher who collects fiancÉs; a fortune-teller who fails to predict the heartbreak of her own daughter; an aging cowboy seduced by a city girl . . . these are some of the unforgettable people who live in these pages.
In Vanishing and Other Stories, secrets are both kept and unearthed, and lives are shaped by missing lovers, parents, and children. With wisdom and d...more
Her sentences are jewels, her paragraphs are necklaces--but nothing feels belabored or effortful. There's nothing extra, nothing boring, nothing fatty--but it's all delicious and rich. In the plainest language, Willis surprises. She never shows off. She's always original.
I wonder if this little excerpt will get the gist across:
"Your mother will visit once in these twenty-three years, when you fly her out to meet your Italian and his two sons. She will sit in y...more
Le vicende che vanno a comporre i quattordici racconti della raccolta, sono molto vari nei nuclei che le compongono (giovani coppie, padri e figlie, etc.), ma sono tutte fortemente legate tra di loro, come da titolo, perché c’è sempre qualcuno...more
Molti hanno paragonato lo stile di DW alla Munro. Credo sia vero...more
VANISHING and OTHER STORIES is a collection of short stories written by Deborah Willis. Every story deals with an absence of some sort; a missing father, a dead wife, a lover parted, childhood lost.
The writing in this book is phenomenal. Incredibly beautiful and moving and by the time I finished each short story I felt as if I'd been sucked into some kind of time warp and, in the process of just a few real-time minutes, read a novel of depth...more
Vanishing and Other Stories is a gripping and gloomy collection of 14 short stories, carefully wov...more
I like reading anthologies but they're usually a compendium of stories from different writers so each work is, by default, going to be different. Different styles, different prose, different methods. Personally I find it a lot harder for an author to write a single anthology composed entirely o...more
These 14 stories have a common thread - someone or something is missing. It could be the absence of a loved one or the death of a significant other, even the loss of something - in the end someone vanishes and someone is left behind. These are the stories of those who stay, how they live...more
Vanishing and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Canadian writer Deborah Willis. The book was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and contains fourteen stories, each approximately twenty pages and dealing with some sort of absence, maybe physical or maybe emo...more
Also, what I liked best about this anthology is that it was cohesive. There was a clear recognizable link i...more
What worked for me:
* Each story stood well on its own, and it also felt like a cohesive book with loss, disappearing, vanishing as the elements that pulled it together.
* I was amazed at how eloquently Willis could tell a story in such a short amount of words and pages. I was immediately drawn into each story and didn't want them to end.
* There are several stories that I wanted to continue because I seriousl...more
"Vanishing and Other Stories by Deborah Willis is a beautiful and emotional composition of short stories linked together with a common theme of loss. While not one to usually enjoy short stories, I found myself unable to put the book down as I greedily went from one story to the next in eager anticipation. Willis’ use of prose is both lyrical and deeply emotional, moving the reader in each of her fourteen stories, with the commonality of something...more
I really liked the majority of these stories, but as I imagine is the case with any collection of short stories, some are going to seem better or weaker depending on the reader. The title story of “Vanishing” was definitely very strong, and I also would list “Thi...more
Willis brings out so many realistic stories from so many disparate characters that I am indeed astonished. I have always loved short stories, but these really grabbed me. Th...more
I am eagerly expecting Deborah...more
I would read a story over lunch and enjoyed them all. Maybe 3-1/2 but entertaining, thought provoking.