- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Patrick Crean Editions; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 20 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144342434X
- ISBN-13: 978-1443424349
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 259 g
- Customer Reviews: 5 customer ratings
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- #44195 in Literary Fiction (Books)
Oh, My Darling Hardcover – Aug. 20 2013
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"Lambert pulls the reader in with deft and seamless prose, complex characters, insight into our often contradictory emotions, and the originality of her voice – a combination that results in an absorbing and vivid book." - Quill and Quire
"With one novel and two short-story collections to show for her fine work, Shaena Lambert is a nascent Canadian voice very deserving of our attention." – Globe and Mail
"What is most on display in all of the stories in Oh, My Darling is the succinct, explicit power of observation of the writer." – Vancouver Sun
"Lambert's exquisite prose and masterful story structure leaven the heavy content. Simply put, this volume's good (superb, actually) and good for you.." – Winnipeg Free Press
"Oh, My Darling is thunderstorm powerful, otherworldly, wickedly great. It lies beyond the range of merely astonishing. Shaena Lambert travels so deeply into the raw and beautiful reservoirs of humanity that it seems a marvel she ever made it back out. That she did is our most excellent fortune. Read this book. Read this book." – Rick Bass, author of The Watch and All The Land That Holds Us.
"Shaena Lambert's stories are jubilant, ironic, bone-marrow intimate and hyper-vivid. Her characters are drawn with signature accuracy and exuberance; they are bold and unfaithful, zealous and brave, fearful and true. Oh, My Darling is fist-pump marvellous. Lambert will take your heart captive." - Lisa Moore, author of February and Alligator
"Exceptional stories... a joy to read. Lambert's language and characters shine on every page." - Barbara Gowdy, author of Helpless and The White Bone
About the Author
SHAENA LAMBERT is the author of Radiance, a novel, and The Falling Woman, a collection of stories. Her fiction has been nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award and the Ethel Wilson Prize and has been published to critical acclaim in Canada, the U.K., Germany and Australia. Her stories have been published in The Walrus, Ploughshares, Zoetrope: All Story, and Best Canadian Stories. She lives in Vancouver with her family.
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"Oh, My Darling" features characters on the verge of unravelling as they seek to understand themselves in strange and often devastating circumstances. In the title story, told in the risky but intimate second-person, Vanessa contemplates her familial role while unexpectedly facing her mortality. The protagonist of “Crow Ride” finds herself drawn to a rootless young man while grappling with the loss of her own son to a drug overdose. Intending to provide assistance during a difficult time, a woman in “The Wind” visits an old friend and her family only to confront the disastrous consequences of her actions.
With deft and seamless prose, this collection delves into both the beauty and ugliness of humanity. By creating complex characters that provide insight into our often contradictory emotions, Lambert emerges with an absorbing and vivid book.
Each story in this collection is like a mysterious, slippery fish that is played out on a slender line of plot, reeled in, let out again, then hauled quickly to a silvery finish. Lambert is one of the masters of the short story in Canada and reminds me that short stories are literary in the best sense, an art as well as a craft. Many of the stories in Oh, My Darling are about the interplay between men and women. In one of my favourites, "In Delphi", we engage with the raw isolation at the core of human relationships in prose as fine as E.M. Forster's in Passage to India.