The Incomparables

By (author): Alexandra Leggat

The Incomparables is the debut novel from the Trillium-nominated author of Animal. Lydia Templar is obsessed with fabric, the texture and weight of cloth. Through fabrics, curtains, costumes, she expresses herself in a way she feels incapable of doing in words. For the past ten years she’s apprenticed in the wardrobe department of a small Shakespearean theatre company and has finally been given the opportunity to showcase her designs. When she discovers her husband is having an affair with his leading lady, she seeks revenge the only way she knows how: she weaves her panic, pain, and paranoia into the costumes. It costs her the job. She swears she’ll never sew again, packs her things and returns to her mother and the sprawling country estate she left years ago.

When a group of counsellors from the city book the family’s Bed and Breakfast for the summer to prepare for a special wedding ceremony, Lydia’s plans to never thread a needle again are challenged. Through the one thingshe cannot live without, the counsellors lure Lydia into a role she did not see coming – the true nature of her self.

Reviewers on Animal
“I’m tempted to say it’s a slim, distilled masterpiece.”
– Michael Bryson, Underground Book Club

“these quickly unfolding stories are elliptically drawn, tense with action and dark humour. Leggat is a shape-shifting writer”
– The Globe and Mail

“this immensely rewarding collection is worth picking up”
– eye weekly

“Most short story collections are up anddown. Unlike most, however, Animal is more than the sum of its parts.”
– Herizons


Alexandra Leggat

Alexandra Leggat is the author of the short story collections Animal (short listed for the 23rd Annual Trillium Award), Meet Me in the Parking Lot, Pull Gently, Tear Here (nominated for the Danuta Gleed First Fiction Award) and a collection of poetry entitled This is me since yesterday. Her columns, articles and reviews have appeared in The Globe and Mail, This Magazine and Toro online. Her poetry, fiction and essays have been published in journals across the U.S. Canada and the U.K. She studied journalism at Ryerson University, Drama at the Toronto High school for the Performing Arts. She teaches creative writing classes at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, is a tutor and freelance writer.


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192 Pages
8.24in * 5.44in * .79in


September 24, 2014



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