- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1st Edition edition (Nov. 4 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771070152
- ISBN-13: 978-0771070150
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.7 x 23 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Alphabetique, 26 Characteristic Fictions Hardcover – Nov 4 2014
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International praise for Molly Peacock:
• "She has a luxuriantly sensual imagination -- and an equally sensual feel for the language." Washington Post
• "Peacock's prose is a delight.... Fascinating, uplifting and beautiful." Vancouver Sun
• "There's a delicious tang to Peacock's vital poems -- a taste of earth, salty and laced with iron.... Gratifyingly lucid poems that mesh a rich physicality with arresting emotional precision." Booklist
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About the Author
MOLLY PEACOCK is a poet, essayist and nonfiction writer. Her latest work of nonfiction is the #1 bestselling The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72. She is also the author of the memoir Paradise, Piece by Piece. Her most recent collection of poems is The Second Blush. She is a Contributing Editor to the Literary Review of Canada, the editor of an anthology of essays, The Private I, and of How to Read a Poem and Start a Poetry Circle. Widely anthologized, her work appears in The Oxford Book of American Poetry, The Best of the Best American Poetry, and The Best American Essays. A dual citizen of the US and Canada, Molly Peacock is a former New Yorker who makes her home in Toronto with her husband, two cats, and a jam-packed terrace garden. Visit her at www.mollypeacock.org.
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The stories all have clever titles like “E’s Encyclopedia of Emotions” (a personal favourite) and “While Jiggle Juggles, J Makes Jam” and none are longer than a few pages. It’s an impressive exercise in creative writing and one that demonstrates what a strong command Peacock has of English vocabulary and language.
It may not the best book to curl up with. The stories, small, bite-sized length, make it ideal for stolen minutes, when you just need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. You can read and enjoy “C, the Softie” and then quickly get back to whatever you’re doing. Each story is also accompanied by beautiful illustrations, which would make it a great gift for the book lover in your life.
The letter “d,” a deer, grows up to be upper-case D who “always felt, somehow or other, double...He always saw both sides to everything.” He becomes a metaphor for gender uncertainty whereas "L," a has-been movie star with three ex-husbands, shows that the process of ageing deserves accommodation, not contempt. Each chapter opens with a flurry of alliteration, enhancing the reader's enjoyment: “A flute would flare – then fifteen-year-old F would flounce onstage, positively fetching in her French-fashioned gown.”
Vancouver artist and designer Kara Kosaka's vibrant illustrations match Peacock's writing perfectly, enhancing the book's appeal and making "Alphabetique" a fantastic addition to any word-lover's shelf.
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