Hellgoing : stories /
Lynn Coady.
Toronto : Astoria, 2013.
223 p. : port. ; 21 cm.
9781770893085 (pbk.)
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Toronto : Astoria, 2013.
9781770893085 (pbk.)
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Wireless -- Hellgoing -- Dogs in clothes -- Take this and eat it -- An otherworld -- Clear skies -- The natural elements -- Body condom -- Mr. Hope.
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Issued also in electronic format.
Purchase; DSO; 2013; RB309625.
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A sharp, insightful writer with a tight, jarring style that makes use of fast narrative cuts, Coady deliberately leaves the human scribble tangled. This isn't out of a desire to play coy, but rather an admission that problems involving relationships don't have easy resolutions that can be clearly expressed.
...brilliant collection of short stories...
Hellgoing is a superb collection, end to end, and easily one of the best books I've read so far in 2013.
Hellgoing is hell going...Coady is a muscular writer, who drives us right smack into the situation her characters are experiencing... Coady's stories are not about commonalities as such. They are unique.
Since 1998's Strange Heaven, her Governor General's Award-nominated debut novel, Coady has harmonized humour and heart in prose that rings true. Hellgoing provides another reminder that her use of wit is consummate, and her regard for the reader is gracious.
This is story on the verge of exceeding its narrative boundaries, and these moments are some of the most exciting in Coady's work to date.
Toting their trauma, Coady's characters repel these attacks from fathers, doctors,lovers and the legion of others that 'know best' by learning "to hurt and insult him aseffortlessly as he did me." This rebellion lets Coady's wicked wit shine, and while compassionfrom the reader is complicated by this attitude, Coady always delivers a knockout punch atthe end of each story," like picking at your cuticles and being surprised when they start toache and bleed.
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Quill & Quire, July 2013
Globe & Mail, August 2013
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