Whirl Away: Stories Paperback – Feb 24 2012
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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.
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. (kerryoncanlit.wordpress.com)
...all at once brutal and gentle, funny and cruel, timely and timeless. (Joseph Boyden)
Whirl Away is a persuasive, artful collection and Wangersky portrays all manner of characters...with vividness and delicacy... (National Post)
The stories in Whirl Away provide ample evidence for anyone wanting to argue that literary short fiction remains stuck in a Chekhovian rut. (Quill & Quire)
...a very accomplished collection, with some very fine writing. (The Fiddlehead)
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. (bellasbookshelves.com)
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. (freerangereading.blogspot.ca)
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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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.Read more ›
Had I realised, I would not of boughtit; my bad.
All the little tales are descriptive but lack imagination.
Sorry, not for me.