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With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Lynn Coady gives us eight unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long after the last.

A young nun charged with talking an anorexic out of her religious fanaticism toys with the thin distance between practicality and blasphemy. A strange bond between a teacher and a schoolgirl takes on ever deeper, and stranger, shapes as the years progress. A bride-to-be with a penchant for nocturnal bondage can't seem to stop bashing herself up in the light of day.

Equally adept at capturing the foibles and obsessions of men and of women, compassionate in her humour yet never missing an opportunity to make her characters squirm, fascinated as much by faithlessness as by faith, Lynn Coady is quite possibly the writer who best captures what it is to be human at this particular moment in our history.

Publisher: Toronto : Astoria, c2013
ISBN: 9781770893085
Branch Call Number: COA
Characteristics: 223 p. ;,21 cm
Alternative Title: Hell going


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Thomasdavisyvr Nov 30, 2016

I ripped through this one. Only "Clear Skies" disappointed. The other seven stories were interesting, dare I say "gorgeous" 😉

Apr 22, 2016

** spoiler alert **
This shouldn't take long to read as it's a pretty short book. But I'm going to write my short little reviews of each story as I read them so I don't forget what I want to say.

This one lost me, what was the point of her not meeting the family or the point of her feeling guilty and not going but buying touristy pictures to make up for it?? And what did that have to do with her being a drunk?? I didn't get it.

This is worrying, I feel like I'm not understanding. The story is going one place and then abruptly changes in the last 2 paragraphs so I wonder what it meant. But I have no clue.

Maybe I'm not supposed to understand, though this one is more than annoying, what did the author do and what did she figure out??

Oh, I like this one. An acerbic nun who doesn't seem to like anyone despite working in a hospital. I like her and her impatience.

Another good one, interesting take on the past affecting the present. It's curious how the bondage aspects are fit into the story, like it's the outcome of their past relationships.

I like how this story slowly rolled out her past and the reader has to infer so much of it. Though it did feel a little passe as the news has not been filled with stories of polygamist societies much in the last few years.

This wasn't as appealing. A father and teenage daughter argue about everything and a woman in a rental house alone both serve to confuse and exasperate the father, who worries.

Even in a Cube, driving on the Island is not so bad that you must concentrate so hard, that's just ridiculous. I want to know what happened between father and son, I don't want to infer it, it's so annoying and yet, these are really good stories.

This one is a bit sad, to watch a girl decide to be nothing. To be knocked up at 15 and to find someone who thinks she could have done better.

On the whole I really liked this collection, despite the lack of comprehension, I still liked all of them. Take This and Eat It was my favorite though.

Dennis Robert Rue
Feb 08, 2016

good slow read with women's touch. Will try another book.

Aug 19, 2015

Readable, but not recommendable. Almost all of the stories are ambiguous, without resolution. If you do decide to check it out and become fatigued, the story: The Natural Elements is worth reading ... otherwise, the rest can probably be skipped.

Aug 17, 2014

Hell Going -
I struggled with this book of short stories and only got about half way through it before I gave up. It was too depressing!
The title is apt! I put it on my 'completed' list nonethe less.
Perhaps it is too 'modern' for me - I am a senior.
Fran P.

Jul 12, 2014

Great stuff. Very contemporary. Wondeful writing. May not be everyone's cup of tea, but I feel Coady reflects what's going on underneath a certain "normalcy" in society today. Glad I didn't pay attention to other reviews here.

Feb 04, 2014

No go.

mytwin Jan 20, 2014

Very disappointing read ,just after finishing Alice Munro's DEAR LIFE.
Sordid lowlife is not my thing.

Nov 05, 2013

Well it's Canada's year for the short story. HELLGOING is the winner of the 2013 Giller Prize for fiction.


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"Jane salutes you from an age where to be an afficionado is to find yourself foolishly situated in the world."

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