Dimensions:8in x 5.25 in | 500 gr
Page Count:216 pages
Warm, funny, and stylistically savvy, these stories follow an interlocking set of characters and the people they love.
Characters weave their way in and out of The Love Olympics, a collection of short fiction set in St. John’s. The book is about various forms of love—the ways love grips us, shakes us, releases or envelops us. The stories are smart, witty, funny, warm, and surprising; they capture the preoccupations of characters from different generations who are closely or only tangentially connected to one another. This collection explores people’s aspirations, fears, and vulnerabilities; their generosity and desire for connection; their willingness to see past flaws and appreciate other human beings in all their complexity.
Author bio Claire Wilkshire is a writer, editor, translator and teacher living in St. John’s with her husband, writer Larry Mathews. They have two adult children. Maxine (2013) is Claire’s first novel. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Grain, the New Quarterly, Event, and the Fiddlehead. She’s a founding member of the Burning Rock writing group.
The Love Olympics is jubilant, funny, true, generous, and so replete with nuance and finely calibrated explosions of what love can be or do or feel like, over lifetimes or in the moment, that it will make you tear up, sigh with expanding insight, burst open with laughter, and just generally experience how very great stories can move us, entertain us, and make us feel recognized and seen. Here, a mastery of style and depth of character are linked in a pinkie swear, or a contact sport, or anything else which is full of promise, lifelong friendship, some hurt and tenderness. Claire Wilkshire's stories are propulsive, sexy, and all too human.- Lisa Moore