A Guide to Animal Behaviour
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A Guide to Animal Behaviour

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Shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for FictionA Guide to Animal Behaviour is a stunning collection of stories by an author who is fast becoming one of the great, innovative story writers of his generation. Following on the heels of his widely acclaimed comic novel, The South Will Rise at Noon, Douglas Glover's new collection smashes all the fictional moulds.Urbane, stylish, and off-beat, the stories in this collection touch the lives of an astonishing array of characters whose common experience is of a world that is wayward yet full of marvels: a born-again Christian from Kentucky who loses his memory and ends up finding true love in glitzy Bel Air; two women who fall in love only to be parted when one dies of cancer; a man who goes to live in a cardboard box when his wife leaves him for the manager of a Toys R Us store; an eighteenth-century Canadian pioneer who believes he is being persecuted by witches.This is sophisticated fiction at its best. A maximalist writer of ideas, he packs his sentences with energy, exuberant imagery and amazing turns of thoughts.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 189 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 13mm | 320g
  • Fredricton, Canada
  • English
  • 0864921365
  • 9780864921369

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Fast on the heels of his widely acclaimed comic novel, The South Will Rise at Noon, Douglas Glover has produced a stunning volume of stories which breaks all the fictional moulds.



In this new collection, Glover introduces an astonishing array of characters who inhabit a world which is wayward yet full of marvels, from an 18th-century pioneer who believes he is being persecuted by witches to a born-again Christian from Kentucky who loses his memory and ends up finding true love in glitzy Bel Air. Whether contemplating the mystic Worm of Ouroboros or the colours of Alabama's Gulf coast, he infuses his writing with energy, exuberant imagery and amazing turns of thought.
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Fast on the heels of his widely acclaimed comic novel, "The South Will Rise at Noon," Douglas Glover has produced a stunning volume of stories which breaks all the fictional moulds.

In this new collection, Glover introduces an astonishing array of characters who inhabit a world which is wayward yet full of marvels, from an 18th-century pioneer who believes he is being persecuted by witches to a born-again Christian from Kentucky who loses his memory and ends up finding true love in glitzy Bel Air. Whether contemplating the mystic Worm of Ouroboros or the colours of Alabama's Gulf coast, he infuses his writing with energy, exuberant imagery and amazing turns of thought.
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"A writer of some of the most extraordinary short stories in English Canada today." - CBC State of the Arts - 20120504 "A very nervy writer, the kind who does not play safe and shoots at whatever moon he allows himself to aim at." - The Toronto Star - 20120504
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About Douglas Glover

Douglas Glover was recipient of the 2006 Writers' Trust of Canada Timothy Findley Award for his body of work. His bestselling novel Elle won the Governor-General's Award and was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A Guide to Animal Behaviour was a finalist for the 1991 Governor-General's Award, and 16 Categories of Desire was shortlisted for the 2000 Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Award.
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