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Piranesi's Figures
By (author): Hannah Calder
9781554201129 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women May 26, 2016
$21.00 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.63 in | 300 gr 234 pages New Star Books
Piranesi's Figures is a romp through the magnificent psychological ruins of at least two marriages and one attempt at child-rearing, and a gleefully reckless contortion of novelistic conventions, sexual practices, and family dynamics. As in her first novel, More House, Hannah Calder peers into hidden corners and under creaking beds with such relentless abandon that even her own characters bristle at her advances. The result is a dense witches-brew of storytelling, a feminist-tinged fairy-tale that drapes the dirtiest secrets of domestic wreckage and illicit love in fancy dress and commands them to twirl around for our amusement.

"Reading Calder is to move through the world barefoot over asphalt, grass, sand and water. This is sensual, insightful writing."

— Michael Turner, author of 8 X 10 and The Pornographer's Poem

Hannah Calder was born in the UK and moved to Canada when she was fifteen. She has lived in Barcelona, Seoul, and Vancouver, and currently lives in Vernon, BC, where she teaches English at Okanagan College. Her first novel, More House, was published in 2009 by New Star Books.

A compelling and dreamlike tone poem of a book, illuminated by lyricism and deep human wisdom. The fact that she weaves this sumptuous dream garment out of the materials of dirty jokes and widely variegated scraps of cultural reference makes her achievement all the more impressive.... A work of serious literary ambition and substantial achievement.

Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Sun

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