'The Inanimate World' is an affecting suite of stories, with a novella-length piece at its core. The stories within 'The Inanimate World' traverse both rural and urban landscapes, exploring the terrain of the personal as much as the geographic. They span the time period of 1980 to the present, providing relevant insights into the private lives of people living through rapid social transformation and an unstable changing economy. Sincere, germane, and tender tales of longing-for love, understanding, acceptance, and peace. "The stories have a narrative stability not often found in first collections, the writing is sure and mature, and there, and there's a range of approaches on display, from experimental to intimate to epic. " - Malahat Review
Robert Strandquist's work has appeared in 'subTerrain', 'The Capilano Review', 'Prairie Fire', 'Fiddlehead', 'Grain', 'Event', and 'Canadian Fiction Magazine'. Mr. Strandquist has an MFA from the University of British Columbia and has received several writing awards, including a Canadian Authors' Association award for poetry. He grew up in Nelson, BC and now resides in Vancouver. Strandquist has one novel, 'The Dreamlife of Bridges', and two collections of short stories, 'A Small Dog Barking' and 'The Inanimate World', published by Anvil Press.
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