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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Cormorant Books Inc. (July 4 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896951910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896951911
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #546,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shannon "Giraffe Days" on Sept. 27 2006
Format: Paperback
Having just finished Carol Windley's Home Schooling I am over-flowing with enthusiasm for this collection of 8 short stories.

I don't normally read short stories, they tend to feel very conscious of their limited space, and the characters are often empty names on pages to me. Home Schooling is nothing like that. Each story offers up, in beautiful, lyrical prose, intense details about the characters, their pasts, their issues, their relationships, yet nothing is crammed, none of the stories are full of junk - there's not a single wasted or irrelevant sentence.

There are common elements running through these stories - death and, in the least melodramatic sense, rebirth; love and loss; the transient essence of the landscape and the people occupying its space.

My favourite story? Too difficult. I loved "Home Schooling", where the landscape, so vividly portrayed, reminded me a little of the wild moors in Wuthering Heights. Annabel sees the ghosts of previous occupants, the two sisters, Jane and Freddy, who used to live in their big old house-come-school, and a famous actress, and imagines them conversing with each other, having tea together, giving advice.

I enjoyed "Felt Skies" for the minor character of Dr. Bergius, a lonely man who looks like Freud, who finally escapes medicine for his dream of owning a radio station. He hovers by Rachel's desk, chats up her mum, and reminisces about his own Mother and now-deceased wife Eva. Each character in these stories, whether likeable or not, is fully realised, with insights coming from the central characters' knowledge as well as through the characters themselves, as they betray their human traits.
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A perfect formula Feb. 8 2009
By Avid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After studying literature for four years and reading hundreds of short stories, I found Windley's Home Schooling to be the most current, articulate, and exciting collection in Canadian Lit.

Her wording sparse. . . the moods created with precision. . . the characters hauntingly and beautifully portrayed. . . you will want to continue to re-read these stories and peel back the layers as you continue to discover the deeper psychologies Windley recreates within the human mind.

Something so raw and so human. . . so timely in our fragmented and seemingly disillusioned world. . . Home Schooling sums up a generation much like the Wasteland does for Eliot's lost generation.

Sit by the fire. . . or on your patio. . . and enjoy this collection many times through. You'll find yourself lending it to everyone you speak with, just so you can continue discussing beyond the last page!
A stunning read June 9 2009
By Mrs. Katharine Wright - Published on Amazon.com
A very interesting and enjoyable collection of short stories depicting family relationships in western Canada. It certainly earned its prizewinning status.
Beautiful and haunting April 10 2009
By M. Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The stories in this collection are exquisitely written and haunting. Think Tillie Olson with a touch of Alice Seibold...character-driven pieces in unusual settings. Truly beautiful.

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