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Willem De Kooning's Paintbrush

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Ranging from an island holiday gone wrong to a dive bar on the upswing to a yuppie mother in a pricey subdivision seeing her worst fears come true, these acclaimed, deftly written stories are populated by barkeeps, good men down on their luck, rebellious teens, lonely immigrants, dreamers and realists, fools and quiet heroes. In Kerry Lee Powell’s skillful hands, each character, no matter what his or her choices, is deeply human in their search for connection. Powell holds us in her grasp, exploring with a black humour themes of belonging, the simmering potential for violence, and the meaning of art no matter where it is found. She reveals with each story something essential about the way we see the world.

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Critical Praise

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARD FOR FICTION —No Source

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROGERS WRITERS TRUST FICTION PRIZE —No Source

LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE —No Source

“Kerry Lee Powell writes with the voice of a prophet crying from the wilderness. She writes of liars and losers, frauds and impostors who dream of escape into extremity, escape from life’s artificiality. With a poet’s control over imagery, her painted tableaux explode into sudden shimmering violence.” —Carrie Snyder, author of Girl Runner

“Harrowing, whip-smart, both lyrical and tough-as-nails, these stories pack a wallop. With her keen eye and wide-open heart, Powell has managed to capture the strange, malevolent undertow that burbles just beneath the surface of contemporary life. And lucky for us, it makes for a breathtaking read.” —Michael Christie, author of The Beggar's Garden and If I Fall, If I Die

“An energetic and disturbing collection of stories. I loved the rush of reading it.” —Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap and Barracuda

“These are beautiful stories. They will make you think and they will make you feel and they will always, always, reward your attention.” —Alexander MacLeod, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted Light Lifting

“A transcendent collection . . . . Within Powell’s 15 stories, it is impossible to pick a crown jewel. Each one feels like the favourite until the next.” —National Post

“Masterful . . . . In several stories, characters mired in difficult situations look to the mystical to help them escape, and Powell’s delicacy in these stories is wonderfully successful.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“Powerful. . . . Full of dark nostalgia and observed in sharp, vivid prose.” —Nathan Englander, author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443453974
  • ISBN 10: 1443453978
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 10/18/2016
  • Pages: 272
  • List Price: 21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

Willem De Kooning's Paintbrush by Kerry Lee Powell

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