Ruins & Relics

By Alice Zorn

Ruins & Relics
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These are short stories about people who harbour relics from their past: a postcard from Vienna, the cigarette burns that scar a boy's chest, a stolen USB pen, blue concentration camp numbers tattooed on a forearm, a man's sense of his own body as HIV overtakes him. Alice Zorn's ... Read more


Overview

These are short stories about people who harbour relics from their past: a postcard from Vienna, the cigarette burns that scar a boy's chest, a stolen USB pen, blue concentration camp numbers tattooed on a forearm, a man's sense of his own body as HIV overtakes him. Alice Zorn's remarkable debut collection displays these talismans of personal history and transforms them into extraordinary stories about relationships between partners, family, friends, and strangers.

Praise for Ruins and Relics
"It's a treat to encounter a writer so keenly aware that writing and reading are a creative continuum. . .. The titular Ruins and Relics closes the book. A story of fractious love spun in new directions by the challenges of a holiday in Tunisia, it blends shimmering visuals with a nuanced probing of yawning cultural divides. Even better, it never reads like a travelogue tweaked into fiction. "
~ The Globe and Mail
"In Ruins & Relics, Zorn delivers a strong showing and promises to be a Canadian writer to watch. "
~ Vue Weekly
"Zorn leaves you wanting just one more story, and the end of the book comes all too quickly. "
~ The Star Phoenix

Alice Zorn

Originally from Ontario, Alice Zorn lives in Montreal. She has published short fiction in magazines, and placed first in Prairie Fire's 2006 and 2011 Fiction Contests. Her first collection of short stories, Ruins & Relics, was a finalist for the 2009 McAuslan Quebec Writers' Federation First Book Prize.

Alice's first novel, Arrhythmia, was released by NeWest Press in May 2011 to critical acclaim. Her second novel, Five Roses, appeared with Dundurn Press in 2016.

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