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She forces you to look and then tenderly and humorously makes them human for you as if they were your next-door neighbour or, even, you. I don’t get my kicks from this, but her writing is so fine.

May 12, Erik rated it liked it Shelves: I didn’t really find these stories “disturbing. This book deals with abhorrent topics such as necrophilia in a manner that elicits compassion for the characters and the world at large which deals with such characters.

And whenever you feel like sitting down and writing a book, reread it, and then go have some wine. Two people unacquainted with grief.

We So Seldom Look on Love by Barbara Gowdy

I felt no lightness, no escape. The poor girl whos Wow. I have come to the realization that you should never read a short story collection from the same author unless that author is a speculative writer e.


Collection of short stories. I first read this book many, many moons ago. But it was as an interviewer and it wasn’t until a couple of years later that I learned she was also a writer, and quickly becoming one of this country’s best. But the truth they’ve invented is bizarre, brilliant, and easy to believe.

It’s not because of desire – it’s purely because that’s the most stable and therefore most statistically likely configuration. But for the most part, they fail. I have to draw the line somewhere. I especially loved the story about the female necrophile, which was a tender, heartbreaking love story. Ninety-three Million Miles Away, is the story of Ali who has quit a boring job and is looking for affirmation of self-desirability, worth, beauty through her own sex in the presence of a silent witness, Claude, the cosmetic surgeon.

Nov 18, Karin Slaughter rated it it was amazing.

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It’s a collection of eight stories featuring outcasts, freaks and depraved souls who are brought into a sensitive light by fine writing. This is such a neat little book. These freaks, these abnormal characters, they’re really just the same as us, aren’t they?

Inhuman is the word I’d use. Regardless of how outlandish her protags appear to be View all 7 comments. Bridgeman rated it really liked it. They hit upon a very basic fear or insecurity that exists in everyone, I think, and they exploit that feeling in all of us and ask us to wonder what it is and why it’s there.


We So Seldom Look on Love

There are fantastic stories in here like the beautiful necrophiliac or the two headed man personifying good and evil, but my favorite story was the one about the foster children. Some gowyd will see Barbara Gowdy’s stories as exploitative and desperate in the way of many modern writers trying to seem transgressive. Buy it for your bookshelf.

Any one of these stories would stand high above the crowd in a collection but strung together leans towards madness. However, some of these stories were just too weird for ee. She has also taught creative writing at Ryerson and the University of Toronto and has worked as an interviewer for the TVOntario program, Imprint.

bowdy As always, Barbara Gowdy’s characters are a tad freakish and mostly likeable. So, three stars and a recommendation: It was a very shocking and explicit story, though written very well.

Aug 29, David Horton rated it it was ok Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.