Bad News of the Heart by Douglas H. Glover
(Canadian Literature Series)

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A seeing-eye dog leads a blind man into a frozen river, a southern Baptist loses his memory and finds true love in Bel Air, an obese executive has "anorgasmic" latex sex with her CEO, and a homeless man in New York creates an intellectual universe based on Post-it notes stuck to the inside of his cardboard box shelter--Douglas Glover's stories are wildly inventive, deadpan comedies of our universal human catastrophe. They are sly, demanding and wise--stories about language, desire and love (in a very dark place). The humor veers from the wry and sardonic to the salacious, mordant and playful. And always there are moments of such stark emotional intimacy that the reader slides, almost without noticing, from laughter to lament.

About Douglas H. Glover

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Douglas Glover won the Governor Generals Award for fiction for Elle in November 2003, propelling this unusual historical novel onto bestseller lists throughout Canada. Even though he is always working outside the box, Glovers works of fiction have gained acclaim from the most attentive critics. A Canadian itinerant, Glover grew up on the family tobacco farm in southwestern Ontario, studied philosophy at York University and the University of Edinburgh, and then worked on a series of daily newspapers in New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan before earning his MFA at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1982. He is the author of four story collections, four celebrated novels (Precious, The South Will Rise at Noon, The Life and Times of Captain N and Elle), and a book of essays, Notes Home from a Prodigal Son. Glover's fiction has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Russian, and French, and his stories have been frequently anthologized.
Published April 1, 2003 by Dalkey Archive Pr. 212 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The title piece consists of “the eternal triangle: recently released mental patient, woman and other woman from down the hall,” but the dynamics are unusual, with the group finding redemption as the mental patient narrator seduces his two women with stories of a life not lived.

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"My Romance," which begins with the death of a couple's three-month-old son, comes closer to tragedy, though it, too, has elements of farce: after an interlude at a cheap motel with the baby's doctor, the husband takes a wild ATV ride with the motel owners' drunken son.

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