by Deborah Wilis
Description: Vanishing and Other Stories explores emotional and physical absences, the ways in which people leave, are left, and whether or not it's ever possible to move on. Readers will encounter a skinny ice-cream scooper named Nina Simone, a vanishing visionary of social utopia, a French teacher who collects fiancés, and a fortune-telling mother who fails to predict the heartbreak of her own daughter. The characters in this collection will linger in the imagination, proving that nothing is ever truly forgotten.
About the Author
Deborah Willis grew up in Calgary. Her fiction has appeared in Event, Grain, PRISM International, and the U.K.'s Bridport Prize Anthology. She currently works as a bookseller in Victoria.
The Good Stuff
- Author is exceptionally talented at emotions and insights
- Her descriptions are so beautifully written you can almost feel, hear and touch the story
- Not overly depressing for a Canadian author - I know I have issues with this
- Insightful descriptions of human nature and emotions
- My favorite stories were "The Seperation", "Sky Theatre", "Caught" and Vanishing. Although I think Vanishing would have been better as a longer story, as it felt rushed at times
- Love seeing familiar Canadian locations as settings, trust me when you read so much non Canadian books, you feel giddy when you recognize something so familiar as the Bloor viaduct or Spadina
- Heartrendingly honest
- Far too cerebral for my tastes.
- Some of the characters in various stories are just sort of sad and pathetic and quite frankly could care less about them.
"He must have been such a fascinating man." Yes, she smiles. He was very clever. Vanishing, she thinks, was the smartest thing he ever did."
"They seemed comfortable in their bodies, like Adam and Eve before they understood they were naked."
"Jay and I held hands and made our pilgrimage from one planet to the next. We started at Pluto, as this was before it was demoted."
What I Learned
- I'm not a fan of short stories
- Wished I was more cerebral so I could enjoy this wonderful writers work more
- Wonderful for book clubs, University/College classes
- My sister in law's would love this and will pass it on to them
- Not for those who just want to lose themselves in a story
I received this from Harper Perennial in return for an honest review -- no money changed hands and no bribes were offered (unfortunately).