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  • Keywords
    • Literary collection,
    • Short story collection,
    • Aging and isolation,
    • Object of Your Love: Stories,
    • The Council of the Moon,
    • Reconciliation Stories,
    • The Wife Tree

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by Dorothy Speak

In this stunning and keenly anticipated collection of stories, Dorothy Speak explores family, loss, betrayal, conflict and entrapment in narratives shining with humour, mystery and anguish. Speak has published four other highly acclaimed works, written in the same luminous prose: a novel called The Wife Tree, and three short story collections entitled The Counsel of the Moon, Object of Your Love, and Reconciliation. Following in the footsteps of Alice Munro, she is one of this country’s few remaining career practitioners of the short story, a proud Canadian genre.

Praise for Dorothy Speak “Speak very quickly draws the reader in, not simply because of her narrative skill, her unfailing instinct for the right word and the right image, but because she has a marvelous ability to create characters the reader actually cares about. This is not such a common ability as one might think.” —Toronto Star “Forthright and pure… Very little is conveyed through implication… The truth, however audacious, is on the table.” —Globe and Mail “Not for the faint of heart or for readers in search of fairy-tale endings. In showing us just how dark that dark can be, Dorothy Speak’s voice is lean and eloquent, hard-edged as the facets of a diamond and just as brilliant.” —Hour Dorothy Speak’s characters are wilful and original; her prose is spare, sharp and intense.” —Redbook “The smallness in people, the meanness, the coldness, the banality of their sins makes the plots containing these stories burst at their steely seams.” —L.A. Times “Speak is a gifted analyst of the stark realities of life. She explores the intricate terrain of women’s lives with eloquent and witty prose.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Dorothy Speak grew up in the small southern Ontario town of Woodstock, the fifth of seven children. Both of her parents grew up on farms, her father in Saskatchewan and her mother in Huron County, Ontario. Ottawa has been her home for most of her adult life.


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