Home Schooling

Home Schooling

Stories

Book - 2006
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From the acclaimed author of Visible Light comes a collection of seven outstanding stories, each set against the rural landscape of Vancouver Island and the cities of the Pacific Northwest. In these stories the memories and dreams of characters are examined, revealing them to be both cages and keys to the cages.

The life-lessons learned by the characters are often as complicated and painful as they are illuminating. In the title story, two sisters fall in love with their math tutor on one of the Gulf Islands, inhabited equally by the ghosts of the misfits and Hollywood stars who came to live there, and the children of an alternative school, run by the girls' criminally optimistic father. In "Sand and Frost," a young girl drops out of UBC, returns home, and discovers that her domineering grandmother is the sole survivor of a shocking act of family violence. In "What Saffi Knows," a child, unable to explain to her self-involved parents, struggles with the knowledge of the whereabouts of another missing child. In these remarkable seven stories, Carol Windley creates a sense of place and of people that breathe the cool wet air of a spring morning on Gabriola Island.
Publisher: Toronto : Cormorant Books, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781896951911
1896951910
Characteristics: 219 p.

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GLNovak
Apr 10, 2015

The first story in this collection starts you out with a bang and leaves you wondering what the other stories will be like. I would advise reading the stories with space in between to digest each before going on to the next. They were definitely well-crafted and intriguing but, unfortunately I still could not get past the fact that a short story is just that - short. I enjoy the fullness that a novel can bring.

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nsbookclub
Jul 22, 2012

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wwgg Apr 28, 2011

Enjoyable stories and, like life, there are no answers!

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gailygirl
Dec 17, 2007

It takes a very special talent to write short stories. We can't all be Alice Munro. Carol Windley does a credible job. I've decided that short stories mustn't be read like a novel - reading one after another as if they were chapters in a book. That just doesn't do justice to the individual stories. My reactions to these stories, were, not surprisingly - mixed - some I liked more than others. One of my pet peeves are short stories that really leave one hanging and there were a few too many of those here for me. That said, others were little jewels.

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JMJourney
Mar 13, 2012

From the acclaimed author of Visible Light comes a collection of seven outstanding stories, each set against the rural landscape of Vancouver Island and the cities of the Pacific Northwest. In these stories the memories and dreams of characters are examined, revealing them to be both cages and keys to the cages. The life-lessons learned by the characters are often as complicated and painful as they are illuminating. In the title story, two sisters fall in love with their math tutor on one of the Gulf Islands, inhabited equally by the ghosts of the misfits and Hollywood stars who came to live there, and the children of an alternative school, run by the girls'' criminally optimistic father. In "Sand and Frost," a young girl drops out of UBC, returns home, and discovers that her domineering grandmother is the sole survivor of a shocking act of family violence. In "What Saffi Knows," a child, unable to explain to her self-involved parents, struggles with the knowledge of the whereabouts of another missing child. In these remarkable seven stories, Carol Windley creates a sense of place and of people that breathe the cool wet air of a spring morning on Gabriola Island

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