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Ten Sorry Tales

By | 2018-03-21T18:33:02+01:00 June 7th, 2008|Recent Reviews|

By Mick Jackson

Faber and Faber, 2005. 173 pages.

I’m not sure if these stories are meant for grown-ups, but, frankly, I don’t care. They are ripping yarns of the Edward Gorey sort. Off-kilter and weird and, most vitally, fun. Despite their skewed fairy tale quality, they have a trueness to them. They speak to the emptiness that haunts most of us and how we try to find some way — if not the best one — to fill it.

About the Author:

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Kate Swoger is too-rapidly approaching middle age. Following a young woman’s not-so-erotic journey from Montreal to Middle Europe, she settled in Toronto, where she works for CBC Radio. On her last birthday, she decided to write a short story for every month of the year, in an effort to become a published author. Her first story was recently printed in the Vancouver magazine Front, making her instantly immortal.

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