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Cracked Wheat and Other Stories Paperback

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Information about Cracked Wheat Feb. 11 2008
By Ophelious - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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"These ten stories present unexpected moments in the lives of a variety of characters. An immigrant boy befriends a neighbor girl living with her father in a dilapidated shack, and learns the meaning of depravity in a way that his Calvinist upbringing has never prepared him for...A minister in a small rural church is asked to drive out to the remote home of one of his parishioners, a stubborn pig farmer, to find out why the man wasn't in church the day before, and ends up delivering an unexpected sermon...A university student delivering bread door to door for the summer is invited by a lonely woman to come inside for a cold drink, and discovers a reality that is more complex than the world of his books...A young man runs away from his strict home to join a circus, only to discover that he has been pursued all the while by a familiar yet mysterious figure who catches him when he is least prepared...A father drives his teenage daughter to her dance lesson held in an old church, and learns for the first time the truth of his ancestors' belief that the body is a hold temple. Unified by their Dutch-Canadian subject matter, these stories convince the reader with their clear detail, their honest perception, and their larger vision."

Here are some reviews for the book Cracked Wheat:

"An excellent collection of stories .. intense and unforgettable characters and Cook's terse, elegant style make Cracked Wheat one of the finest collections of the past years."
Albert Manguel, The Globe and Mail

"The best stories find a poise among the demands of poetry, narrative and meaning ... It catches, as the best fiction does, the poetry of the real."
David Helwig, The Toronto Star

"These stories display not only the painter's eye for the telling detail but also the poet's skill in rendering such detail vivid. . . .Such stories deserve wide reading among us."
Henry Baron, The Banner

"These stories are as spare and as clean as a Dutch kitchen. They are concrete, visual, imagistic studies, infused with a sacramental understanding of art."
Jill Baumgaertner, The Cresset

"These stories are excellent. Reserved, sensitive, they describe the fortunes of ordinary people in their extraordinary world."
J.W. Schulte Nordholt, Trouw (Amsterdam) (trans.)
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