$19.95 CAD


Karen Hofmann 978-1-988732-56-5 | 256 Pages May, 2019 Accolades!, Ebook, Fiction, Short Fiction

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About this book

  • Shortlisted for Best Cover Design at the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!
  • All Lit Up Book Club Selection

In this provocative collection of short stories, Karen Hofmann creates characters who struggle to connect or disconnect from entanglements and relationships. With ironic accuracy and sensuous imagery, Hofmann considers a range of human foibles: a newlywed couple who transform into feral beasts during the hardships of a remote research expedition; backbiting faculty members who strip down during a post-conference BBQ; an heretical nun who explores the possibility of a new life by imaginatively excavating the fossils of BC's Burgess Shale; and an ambitious bylaw officer determined to make her mark on the city's streets.

In Echolocation, Karen Hofmann has found new ways to sound the depths of the human heart.


"Part Darwinian, part Ovidian, these are waltzing and desirous tales of transformation, thrumming with verdant light reaching through forest canopies. Hofmann’s characters are strange creatures bumping against one another in the shadows, with cracking voices seeking to connect. And then, when you least expect it, mad leaps from the dark into the light."

~ R.W. Gray, author of Entropic and Crisp

"Echolocation is a magical and surreal examination of humanity at the edges of experience."

~ Kristian Wilson, Bustle

"...lived up to our high expectations."

~ Kerry Clare, 49th Shelf

"Dark stories weave together beauty and cruelty."

~ Rory Runnells, Winnipeg Free Press