Things as They Are?

Things as They Are?

Short Stories

Book - 1992
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Random House, Inc.
By The Award-Winning Author Of The Last Crossing And The Englishman’s Boy

Deftly layered, humane, these stories brilliantly capture the pathos and comedy of the human condition. Following the death of his domineering father, a middle-aged man tries to uncover a truth about their sometimes difficult relationship. When a grade-six teacher tyrannizes a student without apparent reason, the boy learns an unexpected lesson and his young life is changed irrevocably. An elderly widow falls prey to a con artist, revealing what we are capable of sacrificing to appease what we dread the most. A twelve-year-old boy is shunted off to his grandmother’s farm and becomes part of an adult world he scarcely understands. A group of high-school students play on a classmate’s self-delusions and set up what promises to be the most loaded boxing match ever staged. Whether writing from the point of view of a child, an adolescent, or a man in his seventies, Guy Vanderhaeghe takes us into the lives of his characters with razor-sharp insights laced with gentle humour.

From the Hardcover edition.

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c1992
ISBN: 9780771086984
Characteristics: 249 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 13, 2013

One of the best, if not the best, book of short stories I've ever read.

Oct 11, 2012

Excellent short stories with a Canadian flavour

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