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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Allen Publishers; 1st Edition edition (Feb. 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887629369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887629365
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like Cheever or Munro, Russell Wangersky delves stealthily into disquieting corners of the domestic sphere, his stories dissecting lives when they are fracturing, lives at stress points, lives much like the roller coaster at the centre of McNally's Fair, an exciting and popular ride gleaming with fresh paint, but about to collapse from hidden rust and broken bolts.

With sympathy for both males and females, Whirl Away explores romance, disillusionment, money worries, infidelity, layoffs and tipping points, quiet conflicts like butter simmering on a stove and about to angrily turn colour and burn.
(Mark Anthony Jarman)

Again and again the author revisits the idea of the invisible threat, of capricious catastrophe, of the fine, flickering balance between good and evil in human nature, and the folly of trust.

...all at once brutal and gentle, funny and cruel, timely and timeless.

Whirl Away is a persuasive, artful collection and Wangersky portrays all manner of characters...with vividness and delicacy...

The stories in Whirl Away provide ample evidence for anyone wanting to argue that literary short fiction remains stuck in a Chekhovian rut.

...a very accomplished collection, with some very fine writing.

Tautly written, perfectly edited, sharply detailed...and cleverly imagined, these stories are some of the finest examples I've ever read of how short stories ought to be written.

With skillful and eerie verisimilitude, Wangersky places most of the protagonists in this new collection of short stories squarely inside the dark hearts of their respective occupations. The breadth of Wangersky's knowledge and research into different jobs is truly astounding and worth the price of the book alone.

About the Author

Russell Wangersky's most recent book,The Glass Harmonica, won the 2010 BMO Winterset Award and was longlisted for the Relit Awards. His previous book, Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself won Canada's largest non-fiction prize, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Wangersky lives and works in St. John's, where he is an editor and columnist with the St. John's Telegram.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet Babins TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 15 2012
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When I began reading I found this book hard to get into, but I persevered. I had to reread the first story and when I did, I was in for a real treat.

There are twelve short stories in this book. These stories are about individuals, who are unhappy, have broken marriages and are living very ordinary lives. They are unable to cope with the stressors in their personal lives. Some people are in denial, some take to booze, others are too stubborn to work out their problems and others simply flee. As a result, their lives spin out of control and their world falls apart.

The first story titled Bolt is about a carpenter, who is leaving his lover and his ex-wife, who now wants him back, but he's moving on to a new job in Calgary. In his driveway, he notices a rusty bolt. He picks it up and throws it in his truck with the rest of his tools. He begins to drive, when suddenly the bolt becomes loose and spins out of control...

911 is a story about a Paramedic, who receives a call from a woman whose husband is not breathing. There is no one at the station, so he decides to go it alone. He knows very well that there should be two Paramedics on the scene. Without thinking, he is going to save a life and he does. After receiving help from a relative, the man is placed in the ambulance and the Paramedic is racing to the hospital to get the man the help he needs when...

You wonder what would've happened if... or what if...

These short stories give us a glimpse into the psyche of the people whose lives have gone in unexpected directions.

Russell Wangersky's Collection of stories titled Whirl Away is very well-written. The characters are believable and the stories hold your interest from beginning to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zee on Feb. 14 2013
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Wangersky writes about real people, from their own sometimes very different perspectives. His writing is descriptive while spare. Most of the stories have a twist, and most felt sad. All enthralled me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Destry on Dec 24 2012
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Wangersky is a great writer. That said, this collection of fictional short stories leaves the reader surprised and amazed at the outcome of incidents in the lives of "ordinary" Canadians. Nominated for the 2012 Giller award, "Whirl Away" consists of short stories which can be read and completed before falling asleep each night. I love that format. It is a very good read. Not every story is a 5-star story. But most of them are great. Wangersky's knack for great descriptive writing is unparalleled.
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I did not know when I vbvoufht this book it was a collections of short stories.
Had I realised, I would not of boughtit; my bad.
All the little tales are descriptive but lack imagination.
Sorry, not for me.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jackson Spines TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 28 2012
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Signed this out at the library. A good collection of short stories. Some better than others but all believable. Dragged on and a little boring in spots but overall, pretty good. Worth a read.
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