Even That Wildest Hope

By Seyward Goodhand

Even That Wildest Hope
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FINALIST FOR THE MANITOBA BOOK AWARDS’ MARGARET LAURENCE AWARD FOR FICTION AND THE EILEEN MCTAVISH SYKES AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK

The highly anticipated debut short story collection by Journey Prize finalist Seyward Goodhand.

Even That Wildest Hope bursts with vibrant, otherworldly ... Read more


Overview

FINALIST FOR THE MANITOBA BOOK AWARDS’ MARGARET LAURENCE AWARD FOR FICTION AND THE EILEEN MCTAVISH SYKES AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK

The highly anticipated debut short story collection by Journey Prize finalist Seyward Goodhand.

Even That Wildest Hope bursts with vibrant, otherworldly characters—wax girls and gods-among-men, artists on opposite sides of a war, aimless plutocrats and anarchist urchins—who are sometimes wondrous, often grotesque, and always driven by passions and yearnings common to us all. Each story is an untamed territory unto itself: where characters are both victims and predators, the settings are antique and futuristic, and where our intimacies—with friends, lovers, enemies, and even our food—reveal a deeply human desire for beauty and abjection. Stylistic and primordial, Even That Wildest Hope is a chaotic and always satisfying fabulist journey in the baroque tradition of Angela Carter, Carmen Maria Machado, and Ted Chiang.

“Read any sentence in this collection and you will know that Seyward Goodhand is a rare and original talent. ”—David Bezmozgis

“It’s a relief to find this kind of daring in Canadian fiction. ”CNQ

“Seyward Goodhand can whip up a hell of a story… Yes read it. ”—Lolly K Dandeneau

Seyward Goodhand

Seyward Goodhand grew up in Hastings County and the North York suburb of Newmarket. Her work has been short-listed for the McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and a National Magazine Award and long-listed for the CBC Short Story Prize. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Found Press, Riddle Fence, Cosmonauts Avenue, subTerrain, PRISM international, Grain, and Dragnet. She is a PhD student in English at the University of Toronto, and lives Winnipeg where she is a sessional instructor of academic writing.

Awards

  • Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize 2011, Short-listed
  • Manitoba Book Awards: Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction 2020, Short-listed
  • Manitoba Book Awards: Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book 2020, Short-listed
  • Sunburst Award for Adult Fiction 2020, Long-listed

Reviews

“This book should be on the reading list of many who are still searching for that wildest hope in their lives. ”Uniter

“Read any sentence in this collection and you will know that Seyward Goodhand is a rare and original talent. Her lush and uncanny prose is like a funhouse mirror that reveals as much as it distorts. These are beautiful stories and a terrific debut. ”—David Bezmozgis, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for The Betrayers, and author of The Free World, & Natasha

“This deeply unsettling collection stunningly, skillfully unveils the better and the worse of keeping human. ”PRISM international

Kate Finegan

Even That Wildest Hope is a dark, gleaming, and sophisticated collection. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Ancient and futuristic, these post-human stories seem to have an intelligence all their own. This book is unnerving, satisfying, and mysterious. It blew me away. ”—Sarah Selecky, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for This Cake is for the Party & Radiant Shimmering Light

"This collection takes on a Grimm fairy tale-like approach to the short story. I also found it very, very bold because the author, Seyward Goodhand, is relatively young. .. Even in all the fantastical storytelling and all the fantastical settings and the people and everything—it's so rooted in normal human desires and normal human tropes and feelings. "—Mary Berg on CBC Radio's The Next Chapter

“Seyward Goodhand can whip up a hell of a story… Yes read it. ”—Lolly K Dandeneau

“It’s a relief to find this kind of daring in Canadian fiction… a welcome corrective to the kind of morally corrective fiction that, in the end, doesn’t unsettle us. It was Kafka himself who said: “A book must be the axe for the frozen seas within us. ” Goodhand’s axe is well-sharpened, and its blows echo. ”CNQ

“Seyward Goodhand writes with the soul a genius taxidermist—so much fur torn from flesh to create works of brutal beauty. Like an Angela Carter hopped up on Black Beauties, Goodhand reinvents fairy tale and myth as complex moral quandaries. Intensely visceral—the body is here in all its blood and stink and hungering flesh—and deeply intelligent, Even That Wildest Hope surges with a delinquent passion and bravado originality rarely seen on the page. Devour these stories before they devour you. ”—Zsuzsi Gartner, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

“Some of these stories, such as the opening Enkidu (The Epic of Gilgamesh, redux) and So I Can Win, the Galatrax Must Die, bring to mind the off-kilter worlds of Paige Cooper. But my favourites here are the maybe quieter but still pleasantly bizarre Pastoral and The Parachute. ”The Globe and Mail

“Goodhand creates new worlds out of pure energy, then splits them apart to reveal our wounded planet, our all too recognizable selves: ludicrously dangerous, pathetically greedy, lusting after destruction—and longing for love, always love. Astonishing. She had me at the first two sentences. It was a wonderful, unnerving read. ”—Pauline Holdstock, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for Beyond Measure

“Even That Wildest Hope is a dizzying arrangement of gender and sexual politics, contemporary questions of ethics and monsters under the bed… these are well-crafted stories that are ultimately worthy of the attention they demand. ”EVENT

Brenna Clarke Gray

“10 complex, determinedly fabulous stories [that] impress for sheer quirky inventiveness. ”Quill & Quire

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