Oh, My Darling

Oh, My Darling

Stories

Book - 2013
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"Exceptional stories . . . a joy to read. Lambert's language and characters shine on every page." --BARBARA GOWDY

Oh, My Darling features ten remarkable stories about contemporary life, family, children and love. They circle loosely around the love cry of the title story: the exaltation and heartbreak, the subtle acts of revenge and the moments of revelation that make up relationships.

The stories include a tale narrated by a woman's own breast cancer, which speaks to her in a mesmerizing and sadistic voice about her dysfunctional life; a couple who plan an environmental protest by placing the husband inside a cage in front of an aquarium; a woman who becomes embroiled with a young drug dealer as she tries to understand her son's addiction; a young boy who attempts to deal with his father's Nazi past on a Caribbean island; an old man who obsesses over the size of his coffin and whether he can be transported in it down his narrow apartment stairs; and a couple who uncover their secret fate at the Delphic Oracle in Greece.

Passionate and precise, these stories are infused with an uncommon originality. This is writing of the very first order by one of Canada's best writers.

Publisher: Toronto : Patrick Crean Editions/HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, c2013
ISBN: 9781443424349
Branch Call Number: LAM
Characteristics: 199 p. ;,21 cm

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Apr 14, 2015

An excellent collection of short stories. Each one is a treat.

ksoles Jan 13, 2014

With her skillful control of pace, her creation of subtle but effective tension and her exploration of family dynamics, friendship, betrayal and loss, it comes as no surprise that critics have compared Shaena Lambert to Alice Munro. But Lambert's second short story collection exercises her own strong, invigorating voice that never feels eclipsed by this comparison.

"Oh, My Darling" features characters on the verge of unravelling as they seek to understand themselves in strange and often devastating circumstances. In the title story, told in the risky but intimate second-person, Vanessa contemplates her familial role while unexpectedly facing her mortality. The protagonist of “Crow Ride” finds herself drawn to a rootless young man while grappling with the loss of her own son to a drug overdose. Intending to provide assistance during a difficult time, a woman in “The Wind” visits an old friend and her family only to confront the disastrous consequences of her actions.

With deft and seamless prose, this collection delves into both the beauty and ugliness of humanity. By creating complex characters that provide insight into our often contradictory emotions, Lambert emerges with an absorbing and vivid book.

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