This Will Be Difficult to Explain

This Will Be Difficult to Explain

And Other Stories

Book - 2012
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In the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Johanna Skibsrud's new book, nine loosely connected and hypnotic stories introduce an unforgettable cast of characters. A young maid at a hotel in France encounters a man who asks to paint her portrait, only later discovering that the man is someone other than who she thinks. A divorced father, fearing estrangement from his thirteen-year-old daughter, allows her to take the wheel of his car, realizing too late that he's made a grave mistake. A Canadian girl and her French host stumble on the one story that transcends their language barrier. Youth confronted with the mutterings of old age, restlessness bounded by the muddy confines of a backyard garden, callow hope coming up against the exigencies of everyday life--these are life-defining moments that weave throughout the everyday lives of the remarkable characters in this book. Time and again they find themselves confronted with what they didn't know they didn't know, at the exact point of intersection between impossibility and desire. In This Will Be Difficult to Explain Skibsrud has created a series of masterful, perceptive tales.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., 2012.
Edition: 1st American ed. 2012
ISBN: 9780393073751
0393073750
Branch Call Number: FICTION Skibsrud Johanna 04/2012
Characteristics: 169 p. ;,22 cm.

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Aug 30, 2013

Nine short stories set in an array of locations and about a variety of characters. Sometimes a little precious.

debwalker Aug 18, 2011

"Skibsrud's novel The Sentimentalists was the surprise winner of last year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize, as well as causing a headache for her small Nova Scotia publisher, Gaspereau Press, which had trouble meeting demand. She returns with a short story collection for a bigger publisher, Penguin."
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