Barbara Gowdy

Barbara Gowdy


Born
in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
June 25, 1950

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Barbara Gowdy is the author of seven books, including Helpless, The Romantic, The White Bone, Mister Sandman, We So Seldom Look on Love and Falling Angels, all of which have met with widespread international acclaim. A three-time finalist for The Governor General’s Award, two-time finalist for The Scotia Bank Giller Prize, The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, winner of the Marian Engel Award and The Trillium Book Prize, Gowdy has been longlisted for The Man Booker Prize. She has been called “a miraculous writer” by the Chicago Tribune, and in 2005 Harper’s magazine described her as a “terrific literary realist” who has “refused to subscribe to worn-out techniques and storytelling methods.” Born in Win ...more

Average rating: 3.67 · 8,449 ratings · 859 reviews · 20 distinct worksSimilar authors
The White Bone

3.81 avg rating — 2,716 ratings — published 1998 — 25 editions
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The Romantic

3.62 avg rating — 1,357 ratings — published 2003 — 17 editions
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We So Seldom Look on Love

4.12 avg rating — 943 ratings — published 1992 — 17 editions
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Helpless

3.36 avg rating — 1,033 ratings — published 2007 — 19 editions
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Mister Sandman

3.66 avg rating — 828 ratings — published 1995 — 16 editions
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Little Sister

3.14 avg rating — 797 ratings10 editions
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Falling Angels

3.81 avg rating — 624 ratings — published 1989 — 19 editions
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The Two-Headed Man: Short S...

3.70 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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Body And Soul: Short Story

4.13 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Through the Green Valley

2.75 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1988
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“On the one hand, Sylvie loves the feeling of being like everybody else... on the other hand when she feels most like a freak is when shes getting away with not being one.”
Barbara Gowdy

“I think of the emptiness of outer space, and the men in their little pods going up there alone, wives and girlfriends left behind. I think of Abel and me lying on the grass, looking up at the stars, and how great that was, but, still, I was always waiting for him to turn his head. To look at me”
Barbara Gowdy, The Romantic

“Life is oblivion erupting, for a brief moment, into nonoblivion in order so that oblivion may proclaim... "I am." The assumption being, that living things are aware enough to make such a proclamation. Let us suppose that they are. Let us suppose that they are, to a degree, self-aware. This makes for the possibility of life recognizing itself, yes, but not as oblivion, only as life. In order for life to recognize itself as a fleeting pulse of oblivion, self-awareness, must be refined into pure awareness, which is observation unimpaired by either ego or preconceptions.”
Barbara Gowdy, The Romantic

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