How You Were Born

Category: Book
By (author): Cayley, Kate
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Audience: general/trade
Awards: Trillium Book Award (2015) Winner
Governor General's Award for Fiction (2015) Short-listed
Publisher: Pedlar Press
Published: October 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 180
Size: 8.00in x 5.50in x 0.60in
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Bookshelf comment

We hosted Kate Cayley last fall for a very small reading and as I listened to her I thought that if people only knew how compelling she was that the room would be overflowing. Well let's hope that the Governor General nomination will help bring her sensitivity to language and the nuances of being human to many more people. Many congratulations Kate!

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*How You Were Born is a collection of short stories looking at the bizarre, the tragi-comic and the unbelievable elements that run through our lives. An aging academic becomes convinced that he is haunted by his double. Two children believe their neighbours are war criminals in hiding. A dwarf in a circus dreams of a perfect wedding. An eleven-year-old girl becomes obsessed with the acrobat who visits her small town. Two women fall in love over a painting of the apocalypse. A group of siblings put their senile Holocaust survivor father into institutional care, while failing to notice that he is reliving the past. Each story examines, from a different angle, the difficult business of love, loyalty and memory. With elegance and restraint, in spare language, these narratives run the gamut from realistic to uncanny, from ordinary epiphanies to extremities of experience. Settings range from present-day Toronto, to small town Ontario in 1914, to West Virginia in 1967, characters ranging from the very young to the very old, the manifestly unhinged to the ostensibly sane. These are dark stories in which light finds a foothold, and in which connections, frequently missed or mislaid, offer redemption. Guest editor: Alayna Munce
Review Quote*Kate Cayley's is a mind both studious and curious, deeply attuned to the question "what if?" -Brick Books