ABOUT THE BOOK
Have you lived the horror of losing a small child at a fair?
Have you survived a hurricane or a tornado?
Picked up a hitchiker who turned out to be different than he first appeared?
Ever joined a night class where the students are packing weapons?
Do you sometimes have conversations with a loved one who is dead?
These things happen in the book, "Tornado and Other Seasons,"
by Gail E Taylor, a collection of short stories of literary fiction, a
129-page trade paperback published by Punkin House Press.
Cast in North American landscapes from the midwest prairies and
Illinois to Quebec, as well as City Anysize, Anywhere, and published by
Punkin House Press, these are six stories of dysfunctional people, bad
weather and bad moods. They are also tales of triumph, love and rescue.
The first story, "Tornado," captures the terror
of living through a tornado while maintaining
composure. "Caravan" views the sophistication of Montreal through the
prism of Essex County's mixed crop farming. "The Turning" echoes anther
farmland theme during a highway ride on a midsummer's day in Illinois.
"A Good Belief is Hard to Find" resonates with the echoes of Flannery
O'Connor, while "Night Class" is an Agatha Christy-esque tale of
who's-gonna-do-it. "Puzzles" is a bit of magic realism wrapped in a
poignant love story.
Endorsers have referred to the pieces as intriguing, compassionate,
surprising, textured and memorable. Two stories figured in the Random
House of Canada Student Award Contest: "A Good Belief is Hard to Find" was a winner in 2007, and the story, "Puzzles," was short-listed for Random House Award in 2009.
NOTE: The literary journal, The Prick of the Spindle, has provided a critical review of "Tornado and Other Seasons." See the review by Sarah Rae at:
The prick of the Spindle.
Printed by Permission of Punkin House Press
Photography by Alex Taylor
TORNADO AND OTHER SEASONS
A Collection of Short Stories
Gail E Taylor
Published by Punkin House Press, 2011
ISBN: 978 - 093239000
perfect bound. 129 pp. $15.95
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