Sunday Drive to Gun Club Road

By Marion Quednau

Sunday Drive to Gun Club Road
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In her debut short story collection, Quednau offers unsettling examinations of “what really happened” with rich, complex characters that might equally arouse our suspicions or sympathy: we pay attention. She gives voice to the interludes between actions, what almost occurred, ... Read more


Overview

In her debut short story collection, Quednau offers unsettling examinations of “what really happened” with rich, complex characters that might equally arouse our suspicions or sympathy: we pay attention. She gives voice to the interludes between actions, what almost occurred, or might yet, the skewed time of “before” and acute reckoning of “afterward. ”

Seemingly innocent gestures leave their marks in comeuppance: the blurt of an intimate nickname becoming an ad hoc striptease in a public place, a parked car leading to a woman flailing in a dunk tank, a garage sale with no early birds ending in vengeance, the redemptive act of shucking corn with an ex-husband’s new lover transforming into greater loss. These stories attest to Quednau’s belief that the most significant moments in our lives—the things that alter us—lie in the margins, just out of sight of what was once presumed or predicted. In these short fictions timing is everything, the rusted twentieth-century myths of ownership or conquest are set against the incoming reality of pandemic, our separate notions of love or of courage, of painful transformation, yet to be believed.

Marion Quednau

Marion Quednau has won numerous awards for poetry, including a National Magazine Award, a chapbook award for Kissing: Selected Chronicles from the League of Canadian Poets, a Malahat Long Poem Prize and has won the People’s Choice Award when short-listed for the CBC Poetry Prize. Her prose has also received critical acclaim, including the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Paradise, Later Years is her first full-length collection of poems.

Awards

  • ReLit Award (Short Fiction) 2022, Short-listed

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