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I Know You Are But What Am I?

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'Birrell has a grand eye for the small detail that is the hallmark of a well-made story.' -- "The Toronto Star"

Kleptomaniacs, convicts, roof-walkers and homicidal hippies: populated as they are with lives both ordinary and extraordinary, Heather Birrell's stories pull at the sinews of the strange until the strangeness shapes itself into something familiar. At the same time
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ebook, 232 pages
Published April 19th 2000 by Coach House Books
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Hanne
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I loved Mad Hope so much that i really wanted to check out Heather's earlier work. This collection starts a little slow, but it definitely makes a huge crescendo towards the end. Yesterday, having read all except the very last story, i was ready to say that I liked it but i didn't love it. I was even considering only giving three stars. And then came Trouble at Pow Crash Creek, and i nearly went for all five stars.

But first, about the other 8 stories: They are good and solid, but they just don't
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Heather Birrell is the author of two story collections, Mad Hope (Coach House, 2012) and I know you are but what am I? (Coach House, 2004). Her work has been honoured with the Journey Prize for short fiction and the Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction, and has been short- listed for both National and Western Magazine Awards. Birrell’s stories have appeared in many North American journals ...more
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“But I'll admit I found this difficult. To Dad, I could tell, the story was over, but part of my problem as it relates to survival is that I have a problem recognizing endings - the right point to turn away.” 1 likes
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