Life Without Death: Stories

By (author): Peter Unwin

In Life Without Death, the latest short story collection from Peter Unwin, ordinary men and women search for meaning in lives subject to change, chance, coincidence, and catastrophe.


A man recalls a lifetime of love and loss while copying contacts out of his old little black book. A woman is left her dying father’s secret stash of pornography, and is entrusted with the unenviable task of disposing of it. A new father unexpectedly discovers a way of connecting to his autistic son. For one day, guests to a wedding set aside their various past misdeeds in order to celebrate a young couple’s union. A teenager newly introduced to a life of petty crime suddenly finds himself in way over his head. A man’s former acquaintance resurfaces decades later as the subject of a haunting art film.


Unwin’s characters live full, complex lives within each story. Though they may not find the simple answers they seek, if such answers even exist, they-and readers-gain something farmore valuable on their journeys: perspective.

AUTHOR

Peter Unwin

Peter Unwin is the author of numerous books, including Life Without Death, shortlisted for the 2014 Trillium Book Award. He lives with his family in Toronto.

Reviews

“[Refuses] to explain things in a blandly expository manner … the essential loneliness and alienation of the characters is exposed and, in very rare instances, transcended.”
– National Post

Awards

  • Trillium Book Award (English language) 2014, Short-listed
  • ReLit Award (Short Fiction) 2014, Short-listed
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    In Life Without Death, the latest short story collection from Peter Unwin, ordinary men and women search for meaning in lives subject to change, chance, coincidence, and catastrophe.

    A man recalls a lifetime of love and loss while copying contacts out of his old little black book. A woman is left her dying father’s secret stash of pornography, and is entrusted with the unenviable task of disposing of it. A new father unexpectedly discovers a way of connecting to his autistic son. For one day, guests to a wedding set aside their various past misdeeds in order to celebrate a young couple’s union. A teenager newly introduced to a life of petty crime suddenly finds himself in way over his head. A man’s former acquaintance resurfaces decades later as the subject of a haunting art film.

    Unwin’s characters live full, complex lives within each story. Though they may not find the simple answers they seek, if such answers even exist, they-and readers-gain something farmore valuable on their journeys: perspective.

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    Details

    Dimensions:

    240 Pages

    Published:

    May 21, 2013

    Publisher:

    Cormorant Books

    ISBN:

    9781770862432

    Book Subjects:

    FICTION / Literary

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