We So Seldom Look on Love

ISBN-10: 1883642000
ISBN-13: 9781883642006
Edition: N/A
Authors: Barbara Gowdy
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Publication date: 6/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

NOW IN PAPERBACK, this masterfully crafted story collection by the author of the internationally best-selling novelMister Sandmanis a haunting book that is certain to both disturb and entertain. With a particular focus on obsession and the abnormal,We So Seldom Look On Loveexplores life at its quirky extremes, pushing past limits of convention into lives that are fantastic and heartbreakingly real. Whether writing about the dilemma of a two-headed man who attempts to expunge his own pain, the shock of a woman who discovers she has married a transsexual, the erotic delusions of a woman who repeatedly exposes her body to an unknown voyeur, or the bizarre predilections of a female necrophile (a story made into the acclaimed motion picture, "Kissed"), Gowdy convinces us with incisive detail, only to disarm us with black humor. In reviewing the book in the Boston Globe, the novelist Carol Shields wrote, "Barbara Gowdy invites herself, and us, into taboo territory where love and disgust mingle freely. Nothing seems to hold back the narrative flow, not propriety, not politics, not even that ambiguity we once called good taste . . . Gowdy writes about the macabre, but she writes like an angel."

Barbara Gowdy was born in Windsor in 1950 but grew up in the Toronto suburb of Don Mills, after having moved there with her family in 1954. After graduating from high school in the late 1960s, she studied at York University and the Royal Conservatory of Music. In the early 1980s, Gowdy became an editor for the publisher Lester and Orpen Dennys. She has also taught creative writing at Ryerson and the University of Toronto and has worked as an interviewer for the TVOntario program, Imprint. Gowdy has been a finalist for several prominent literary awards, including the Trillium Award for We So Seldom Look on Love and the Trillium Award, the Giller Prize, and the Governor General's Award for Mr. Sandman. The White Bone has also been nominated for the Giller Prize.

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