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"You've always presumed there's a Highway 402, but as it's nowhere near Toronto you were never sure. No loss."

This is Currie Township, Southwestern Ontario, where roads crumble, barns rot, jobs erode, marriages suffocate, and kids like Mike Carrion find themselves adrift in it all, scratching their way to adolescence before they either knuckle down or get out of here and n
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Paperback, 190 pages
Published April 2018 by Guernica Editions
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Paul Falk
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
In true soap opera fashion, the author introduced me to the drama that played out for some folks in Currie Township, Ontario. Throughout the lackluster course of the storyline which spanned a few decades, the narrative had taken many voices. The lingering tale examined the daily, routine everyday challenges faced by the main characters throughout their ordinary humdrum lives. It was well written but not exactly a page-turner.

My thanks to NetGalley and Guernica Editions for this ARC in exchange f
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Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A fascinatingly quiet romp through a rural Canadian town outside of London, this short book of short stories are loosely tired together as characters repeat but through differing POVs. There were instant connections for me which I think is hard to accomplish with the brief space allotted in stories. Several were surprisingly dark but didn’t focus much on those events which was wonderful in its truth— we are all well-rounded humans because of both the good and, especially, the bad things that occ ...more
Phil Della
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid collection of short stories that reads like a novel. I prefer story collections to novels, but this hybrid gave me the best of both worlds. I got to have my stories as individual works, and I got my novel of sorts from the interconnected characters all living in this same town over a course of several decades. The collection has a strong sense of place, as it is firmly rooted in small town western Ontario, which I feel I know better now. I know enough to know it's better to get away fro ...more
Michael Pogach
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully gut wrenching look at small town life. Perry's writing is both artistic and clever, and the way he weaves in and out of these linked stories is masterful. The interconnected, and in many ways interchangeable, characters draw you back in to each story of the stories. Loved it.
Daniel Kukwa
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I lost track of some of the characters towards the end, and a few of their fates seemed a bit sudden to me...but in the main, this is a raw, blunt, melancholy book with a superb writing style. The voices in each story ring absolutely true.
Kristine Morris
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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The bulk of these stories are written from the perspective of Mike Carrion. The first few are told by the generation before him. The change up in narrator is very strategic... I won't spill the beans why, but I wondered about it until it all made sense.

Enjoyed the book immensely. Author Daniel Perry seems to be a bit younger (okay a lot) than me, but he writes very convincingly of a teenagers experience in the 70's, 80's. I can't comment on the teenage Mike of the 1990s, but since that seems to
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Daniel Perry is the author of the short story collections Nobody Looks That Young Here (Guernica, 2018) and Hamburger (Thistledown, 2016). His fiction has been short-listed for the Carter V. Cooper Prize, and has appeared in more than 30 publications including The Dalhousie Review, Exile: The Literary Quarterly, SubTerrain, Riddle Fence, Black Heart Magazine (U.S.), Maple Tree Literary Supplement, ...more

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