The Old World and Other Stories by Cary Fagan

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It’s a collection that is by turns charming, funny, and sad – just like any collection of randomly selected photos is sure to be.
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These thirty-five brief stories ― and the found photographs that inspired them ― are by turns realistic and surreal, bloody and tender, delightful and appalling. Award-winning author Cary Fagan has created a mesmerizing series of narrative tales, giving readers a vivid peek into lives of strangers.

A man hangs onto a runaway horse. A woman paints in the nude. A shop window advertising a sale on blankets hides much more behind it. A lone tombstone on a hill speaks of a years-long feud. The stories ― capturing portraits, objects, moments in time ― while dizzyingly varied, form a single image that, in the words of the author, "belong to one history, found in an album that might belong to any of us."

Deftly marrying vision and language with memory and imagination, Fagan paints an intimate portrait of forgotten lives that is profound, generous, and highly entertaining.

 

About Cary Fagan

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CARY FAGAN has written several critically acclaimed books, including A Bird's Eye, finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize; My Life Among the Apes, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; Valentine's Fall, finalist for the Toronto Book Award. He has also written many popular books for children, for which he has won the Vicki Metcalf Award For Children's Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. He lives in Toronto.
 
Published October 3, 2017 by Astoria. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Melgaard on Mar 23 2017

It’s a collection that is by turns charming, funny, and sad – just like any collection of randomly selected photos is sure to be.

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