Mount Appetite by Bill Gaston

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Short-listed for Canada's prestigious Giller Prize, Mount Appetite presents 12 vibrant, intensely human tales of desire and alienation. "Everyone at the top of Mt. Appetite is as close as they can get to heaven. It's work to get there and agony to be denied." Whether a salmon researcher, professional taster, illiterate faith healer, or Malcolm Lowry's illegitimate son, the protagonists in these sly and witty stories have all climbed the mountain, and all share a restless, relentless longing that they struggle to satiate through alcohol, drugs, sex, or schemes of the heart. Bill Gaston, author of the critically acclaimed The Good Body, evinces a remarkable dexterity of voice as he moves effortlessly among his colorful cast of characters, drawing the junkie with the same skill and compassion as the teenaged 7-11 clerk. Grotesque, unsettling, and oddly tender, Mount Appetite is short fiction at its finest.

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Gaston is a novelist, short story writer, poet, and screenwriter.
Published February 10, 2005 by Raincoast Books. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“A Forest Path” is narrated by the bastard son of the notorious drinker/author Malcolm Lowry, who tracks the antics of his mother, an “eccentric and literary lush.” The title piece is a masterpiece of rationalization, the story of a father who medicates his troubled 12-year-old daughter on cannabis.

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