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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  3 reviews
What Boys Like brings together a motley assemblage of urban misfits and outsiders, and explores their love/hate relationships with their city and one another. Jones’s characters grapple with lust, love and loss with an unsentimental eye, while remaining open to the sharp-edged humour caused by the chaotic and random nature of life, and the absurdity of the world around the ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Biblioasis (first published September 28th 2009)
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Jan 06, 2011 Alexis rated it 4 of 5 stars
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What a fantastic collection of short stories! I loved the characters, the details and the settings. It was nice to read short stories that had direct connections to Halifax, even though I have no knowledge of the city.

The author and I are the same age, and I loved all the pop culture references and details, because they were ones that I recognized and could relate to.

Some of the images in the short stories were quite haunting and disturbing- there were two images in the last two stories that stu
A wonderful, cohesive collection with several stories that will stick with me. They cover the gamut - birth, courtship, marriage, death - and get progressively more mature as the book goes on, ranging from "How to Survive a Summer in the City" with 11-year-old Marie to the tragic death of Marty Peach in "The Church of the Latter-Day Peaches." I'm biased, but I think Canadian women are some of the world's most stellar short story writers and I was excited to find this one.
Do not read this book if you're feeling sad, because this is a book of short stories about all things sad: heartbreak, death, love, sex, abortion, growing apart, sickness...It's really sad.
Just to be clear, it's sad.
But I really enjoyed it...after I decided to finish reading it when I wasn't so sad.
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Originally from Halifax, Amy Jones is a graduate of the Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at UBC. Her short fiction has appeared in several Canadian publications, including The New Quarterly, Grain, Prairie Fire, Event, Room of Ones Own, The Antigonish Review, and Best Canadian Stories 08 and 09. In 2006, she was the winner of the CBC Literary Award for Short Story in English. Her ...more
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