The Museum at the End of the World by John Metcalf

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This is Metcalf’s first fiction collection in 30 years, and overall it’s a welcome return. If it’s a little wearying to spend 300 pages reading about Forde railing against the foibles of literary Canada, it’s never dull to read Metcalf.
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"John Metcalf comes as close to the baffling, painful comedy of human experience as a writer can get."—Alice Munro

Set in Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, and Ottawa, the stories in this collection span the life of writer Robert Ford and his wife Sheila. Playing with various forms of comedy throughout, Metcalf paints a portrait of twentieth-century literary life with levity, satire, and unsuspecting moments of emotional depth.

John Metcalf is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction, including Standing Stones: Selected Stories, Adult Entertainment, Going Down Slow, and Kicking Against the Pricks.

 

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John Metcalf: John Metcalf was Senior Editor at the Porcupine's Quill until 2005, and is now Fiction Editor at Biblioasis. A scintillating writer and an almost magisterial editor and anthologist, he is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and non-fiction, including Standing Stones: Selected Stories, Adult Entertainment, Going Down Slow and Kicking Against the Pricks. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Myrna.
 
Published October 24, 2016 by Biblioasis. 272 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Melgaard on Sep 26 2016

This is Metcalf’s first fiction collection in 30 years, and overall it’s a welcome return. If it’s a little wearying to spend 300 pages reading about Forde railing against the foibles of literary Canada, it’s never dull to read Metcalf.

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