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Cleavage and Crisp

Theanna Bischoff and R.W. Gray Book Bundle 3 - Cleavage and Crisp | 300 Pages December, 2017 2017 Holiday Book Bundles

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About Cleavage

• shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book

• shortlisted for the 2009 ReLit Award

Theanna Bischoff's Cleavage tracks the patchwork musings of Leah, who, at twenty-four years old and two years into a relationship, discovers she has breast cancer. Told in fragments reminiscent of A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, Cleavage details Leah's struggles with her illness and treatments, the conflict between her disease and her boyfriend, her ambivalence toward her job, and a long-standing feud with her mother and only sister.

"This is an ambitious book and an interesting one." ~ The Globe and Mail

About Crisp

• shortlisted for the 2010 Danuta Gleed Award for Short Fiction

Crisp confronts the unspeakable parts of memory, meditating on characters caught in isolation and struggling to make sense of grief, disappointment, and the occasional dinner party gone wrong. The characters in Crisp’s stories don’t always make sound decisions: a grieving widow pursues a priest, an unhappy wife whittles her husband to bits, and a nostalgic man has a one-night stand with a whale trainer.

Ranging from the mystical to the eccentric, R.W. Gray masterfully uncovers human reactions to loneliness and unrest through tales about relationships, secrets, and a longing to connect.

"Gray's stories are pared to their teasing essence. Gray shuns the lyrical, yet can loft his prose assuredly to the poetic.... The longest story, 'Thirst,' [constitutes] 20 pages of the book's best: the shocks of the world experienced through the waking dreams, careless hungers and galloping imagination of a child." ~ The Globe and Mail