Red Plaid Shirt by Diane Schoemperlen

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Award-winning author Diane Schoemperlen's twenty-one exceptional stories showcase all the magic, charm, and intelligence of her novel Our Lady of the Lost and Found. Written over the past twenty years, and drawing upon a wide range of themes, subjects, and styles, these thoughtful selections are infused with Schoemperlen's freshness of observation and unique gift for narrative. "Losing Ground" is a remarkable coming-of-age story in which the harsh realities of death and discrimination start to impinge on a young girl's life. In "The Man of My Dreams," the truths of a disintegrating relationship counterpose and merge with the dream world of the narrator. And in the title story, items of a woman's clothing carry the memories of past years, illuminating the truths of life-its sorrows, its mysteries, and its consolations.

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Diane Schoemperlen is the author of Our Lady of the Lost and Found; In the Language of Love; and five short story collections, including Forms of Devotion, which won the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1998; and The Man of My Dreams, which was nominated for a Governor General's Award and a Trillium Award.
Published June 24, 2003 by Penguin Books. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In “The Look of the Lightning, the Sound of the Birds,” a woman laments the boredom of her life to such an extent that she fixates on local murders and on the carefree life of a friend, but can’t tell if she’s afraid or angry.

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