Part Dorothy Parker, part Josť Saramago, with shades of George Orwell, Sheila Heti has arrived on Canada's literary scene a fully formed artist. Balancing wisdom and innocence, joy and foreboding, each story in The Middle Stories leads us to surprising places. A frog doles out sage advice to a plumber infatuated with a princess, a boy falls hopelessly in love with a monkey, and a man with a hat keeps apocalyptic thoughts at bay by resolving to follow a plan that he admits he won't stick to. Globe and Mail critic Russell Smith has described Heti's stories as cryptic fairy tales without morals at the end, but really the morals are in the quality of the telling and in the details disclosed along the way. Look where you weren't going to look, think what you wouldn't have thought, Heti seems to say, and meaning itself gains more meaning and more dimensions. Heti's stories are not what you expect, but why did you expect that anyway?
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Sheila Heti is the recipient of the 2003 K. M. Hunter Arts Award for literature.Review:
"Her prose is brilliantly crafted and everything about her stories is surprising and yet rings true." -- Hour
"Heti writes with ethereal quality, the kind of fantastic matter-of-factness that characterizes dreams, myths, fables, and nightmares." -- Vancouver Sun
"Heti's stories continue to raise eyebrows... Completely original and beautifully crafted." -- Maclean's
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Book Description House of Anansi Press, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110887841740
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