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Short Story Collection Nabs the Giller Prize


Hellgoing

Lynn Coady was named winner of Canada’s 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize earlier this month for her collection of short stories, Hellgoing.  Now in its 20th year, the Giller Prize recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction.  Previous winners include literary hard-hitters Alice MunroRohinton Mistry, Joseph Boyden, and Michael Ondaatje.

Writers Margaret Atwood, Esi Edugyan, and Jonathan Lethem made up this year’s jury, saying of Hellgoing:

“The eight stories in Lynn Coady’s Hellgoing offer a stupendous range of attitudes, narrative strategies, and human situations, each complete and intricate, creating a world the reader enters as totally as that of a novel, or a dream. Yet the book as a whole is also magically united by Coady’s vivid and iconoclastic language, which brims with keen and sympathetic wit. Whether from the perspective of a writer flailing in the social atmosphere of a professional conference, or a woman trying to extend forgiveness to a lover’s abusive father, Coady offers a worldview full of mournful humour, ready indignation, and vertiginous possibility; the reader feels in the presence of life itself.”

With a review like that, this book is definitely going on our wish list.

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