Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility by Theodora Armstrong

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The problem seems to be that while Armstrong writes beautifully, she’s telling the same story over and over again. And she tells it in very similar ways.
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Set against the divergent landscape of British Columbia -- from the splendours of nature to its immense dangers, from urban grease and grit to dry, desert towns -- Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility examines human beings and their many frailties with breathtaking insight and accuracy. Théodora Armstrong peoples her stories with characters as richly various -- and as compelling -- as her settings. A soon-to-be father and haute cuisine chef mercilessly berates his staff while facing his lack of preparedness for parenthood. A young girl revels in the dark drama of the murder of a girl from her neighbourhood. A novice air-traffic specialist must come to terms with his first loss -- the death of a pilot -- on his watch. And the dangers of deep canyons and powerful currents spur on the reckless behaviour of teenagers as they test the limits of bravery, friendship, and sex. With startling intimacy and language stripped bare, Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility announces the arrival of Théodora Armstrong as a striking new literary voice.
 

About Theodora Armstrong

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Théodora Armstrong is a fiction writer and poet. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines across the country such as Event , Prairie Fire , The Fiddlehead , Descant , The New Quarterly , and Contemporary Verse 2 . In 2008 she won a Western Magazine Award for Fiction, and her stories have been included in both The Journey Prize Anthology 20 and Coming Attractions 10 . Théodora lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and daughter. She is at work on her first novel.
 
Published March 1, 2013 by House of Anansi Press. 292 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Georgie Binks on Jun 27 2013

The problem seems to be that while Armstrong writes beautifully, she’s telling the same story over and over again. And she tells it in very similar ways.

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