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The Day of the Dead

By (author): Catherine Owen

The Day of the Dead: Sliver Fictions, Short Stories & An Homage is a series of collisions between genders in the realms of sexuality, relationships, art and grief in three sections: Men & Women, Muses and The Dead. Owen explores secrecies, abject pasts, misunderstood desires, the urgency to create and the horrors of loss. The Day of the Dead takes the reader into discomforting worlds, thorned with fantasy and dark humour but rooted in the harsh and sometimes beautiful realities a woman and artist can face in 21st century society. Like the subtitle connotes, Owen’s “sliver fictions” are short and sharp, unapologetically getting caught within inconvenient areas of the heart and mind. Familiar settings, like the cafeteria of a BC ferry, are made unheimlich, or uncanny, with the choice of conversation by strangers, or the memory of a character’s early sexual experiences. Interactions between boys, girls, ghosts, men, women and all sorts of bystander animals make for brief but elaborate tales twisted into hauntingly confounding shapes and angles.

AUTHOR

Catherine Owen

Catherine Owen is an Edmonton-based poet (formerly of Vancouver) whose work has been published in national and international journals such as ‘Queen’s Quarterly’ and ‘Poetry Salzburg’. Her first book ‘Somatic: The Life and Work of Egon Schiele’ (Exile Editions, 1998) was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award while her second, ‘The Wrecks of Eden’ (Wolsak and Wynn, 2002) was short listed for the BC Book Prize. Her most recent collections are ‘Cusp/detritus’ (Anvil Press, 2006) and’Shall: Ghazals’ (Wolsak and Wynn, 2006). Her work has also appeared in the anthologies ‘A Practice of Spirit'(St Thomas Poetry Series 2002) and a collection of tributes to Joe Rosenblatt (Guernica Editions 2005).

Review

“These intense snapshots, portraits of women (and some men) at the edge, throw an unflinching light on intimacy’s dark, twisted and hungry moments. This is as macabre a festival of sex and death as any Day of the Dead aficionado could wish for – yet shot through with a striking, deadpan humour”

— Shaena Lambert, author of Oh, My Darling and Radiance


Awards

  • ReLit Award 2017, Short-listed
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    Dimensions:

    Pages
    8.00in * 5.30in * .50in
    220.00gr

    Published:

    October 05, 2016

    Publisher:

    Caitlin Press

    ISBN:

    9781987915204

    Book Subjects:

    FICTION / Short Stories

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    Language:

    eng

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