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Travelling Light Paperback – May 4 2013

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  • ISBN-10 : 0887848273
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0887848278
  • Paperback : 296 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.78 x 20.96 cm
  • Publisher : House of Anansi Press (May 4 2013)
  • Item Weight : 358 g
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.0 out of 5 stars 1 rating

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Behrens' stories are striking snapshots that conjure wispy connections rather than delivering answers and absolutes. Where his flawed, aimless characters are headed often remains unclear, but they are so vividly drawn, in pose both direct and evocative, they haunt the mind long after their tales are told. (Patricia Maunder Quill & Quire 2013-05-01)

The writing is graceful, the subject matter stimulating and best of all it offers an Anglo version of life in Montreal prior to the Quiet Revolution and the separatist movement. It is a Montreal worth getting to know. (Jennifer Hunter The Star 2013-05-03)

Behrens has taken great leaps as an artist. (Rory Runnells Winnipeg Free Press 2013-05-18)

Travelling Light, his collection of stories old and new, offers …hints of Thomas McGuane, Annie Proulx and, in the Montreal stories, Brian Moore. (Marianne Ackerman Globe and Mail 2013-06-07)

These are stories about characters - young men, mostly - striving for a sense of identity or self-definition. "We were all searching for ways to begin ourselves," says the narrator of "Father's Son," in what might well serve as a manifesto for the entire collection. (Steven W. Beattie National Post 2013-06-21)

Behrens's stories are subtle and carefully crafted. He never tells us what to think. Rather, he shows us worlds, prompting us to pay more attention to the luminous details all around us. (Monique Polak Vancouver Sun 2013-06-22)

About the Author

Peter Behrens’s first novel, The Law of Dreams, won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and has been published in nine languages. His collection of short stories, Travelling Light, was reissued in 2013. The New York Times called his second novel, The O’Briens (2011), "a major achievement." Carry Me, his third novel, appeared in 2016. His stories and essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, Tin House, Brick, Best Canadian Stories, Best Canadian Essays and many anthologies. Behrens is a native of Montreal and was educated at Lower Canada College, Concordia University, and McGill. He has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University and was a 2015-16 Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.