By Alice Petersen
WINNER OF THE QWF FIRST publication PRIZE
“Alice Petersen writes as eloquently concerning the flora and fauna as she does concerning the international of human emotion and wish. it is a clever and bold selection of stories.”—David Bezmozgis, writer of The loose World
Alice Petersen's All the Voices Cry is masterful and potent—incredibly enjoyable for a reader.
— Kathleen wintry weather, writer of Annabel
An academic’s spouse, suffering to take care of along with her husband’s quest to discover a long-dead author’s Tahitian love-garden, realizes that her personal thought of paradise not comprises her husband. An architect desires of narrow redheads, Champlain’s astrolabe, and a broom with mortality—and unearths at the least the latter at Danseuses 7 Jours. An aged guy forums a trans-Pacific flight in an try and elude the prediction of a psychic, purely to appreciate too overdue how the prophecy has formed his actions.
In All the Voices Cry, smooth existence collides with the entire previous pushes and pulls: urban and nation, the worldwide and the neighborhood, the suitable and the true. Petersen’s characters chase the mirage of break out, and are pointed out demanding via fact. this can be a e-book rooted in panorama, tangled within the brambles of private historical past, and it introduces in Alice Petersen a wondrous new voice that's yours to discover.
Alice Petersen is a author and critic whose paintings has been shortlisted for varied Canadian prizes and awards. She used to be born in New Zealand and now lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.
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