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In 59 Glass Bridges, an unnamed narrator travels through a maze that is at once mutable and immutable: walls fall to vine-filled forests, hallways to rivers, bridges to lamp-lit boats. What remains is the desire to escape. He is led along his harrowing path by Willow, a mysterious figure who cajoles him and responds to questions in a winking sphinx-like manner, with answer ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by NeWest Press
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Joel Klettke
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - but not for the reasons I thought I would. I came in expecting a serious, thought-provoking yarn. What I got was exactly that - but also, a fun romp through a maze akin to Alice in Wonderland with a blue streak.

The imagery was compelling, the characters interesting and likable. Without spoiling anything, part of the fun of this book is grasping at the unknown, searching for meaning, questioning the narrator and imagining the consequences.

I finished the book in two sittings -
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Crystal King
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly wrought, 59 Glass Bridges takes the reader on a strange, inexplicable journey through office buildings, across skybridges, tunnels of razor-thorned talking vines, armed with a cowboy hat, a Bible with strange Italian marginalia and guided by a somewhat real ghost named Willow. Woven through this tale is the tender and complicated memories of the narrator growing up with his grandmother. It's not a big book, but everything inside this slim volume feels big, feels extraordinary and tha ...more
Michael Yip
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
59 Glass Bridges loops two stories together. The first story is a nightmarish vision of the enclosed overpasses which crisscross downtown Calgary, where the narrator finds himself lost and wandering, while the second story is the narrator’s memories of visiting corn mazes in rural Alberta with his grandmother.

While the nightmare half of 59 Glass Bridges describes Calgary as a labyrinth built of impossibly strange towers containing whole rivers, Steven Peters writes the narrator’s pastoral memori
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Jenny Ferguson
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A twisted maze of a book: both wacky and strange as well as warm and heartfelt. 59 Glass Bridges is a fun and smart taste of contemporary CanLit.
A.C. Paige
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
***I won this book on Twitter***

What I liked:
The relationship between the grandmother and grandson. Sweet and mischievous. I enjoyed the throwbacks to the 90’s and the garden wars. There are plenty of delightful, relatable, and at times painful vignettes about Grandmother and grandson.

What I was frustrated by:
The maze and the resolution.

My brain wanted out of the damn maze already and couldn’t wait to fully understand the purpose. I sure kept after that bait to remain unsure of whether or not I
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G.T.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome. Like a pop culture Borges, Steven Peters plunks us down in the middle of a surreal labyrinth full of talking owls, creepy locals, Starbucks, and Reeboks. And just when you're starting to feel a little unhinged, he grounds you in an incredibly moving and parallel story about the protagonist's troubled parents and spirited grandmother. Fast moving and full of killer prose. Highly recommended.
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