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Encounters [Paperback]

Michael Trussler

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Book Description

Aug. 18 2006

Colin thinks about his dead grandfather and the demise of his marriage while he undergoes surgery; Moni tries to have a bath while angels laugh at her; Justin nervously serves drinks to a non-member at a Private Businessmen’s Club; Liz has a neighbour who can tell people’s fortunes by looking at the indents in their beds; Marci and Ian battle cockroaches while entertaining in their student apartment; and Anika receives bizarre photographs from an anonymous fan.

In this first collection of short fiction, Michael Trussler meticulously observes the human experience, painting a portrait of ordinary life as a collision between the bizarre and the prosaic. The characters in each tableau encounter their own strengths and limitations due to circumstances beyond their control. With Encounters, Trussler delves into the lives of a handful of contemporary urban dwellers from a variety of backgrounds, relating their stories with realism and self-awareness.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: NeWest Press; Second Impression edition (Aug. 18 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189712600X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897126004
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.3 x 13.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,090,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Trussler was born in Kitchener, raised in New Hamburg, ON, and currently lives in Regina, SK. He received a BA and MA in English Literature from York University and a PhD from the University of Toronto, completing his doctoral thesis on the contemporary short story. He has published book reviews, literary criticism, poetry, and short fiction, has won three teaching awards, and is chief Editor of the literary journal Wascana Review. He has travelled widely in the United States and Europe, is an amateur photographer, and has a fascination with visual art.

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