Joan McGrath is a Toronto Board of Education library consultant.
This collection of 10 stories, a powerful first publication by a new
author of great promise, explores the many landscapes of love—love won
or lost, reciprocated or merely used and dismissed, lifelong or fleeting
and ephemeral; love of family, of friends, and of the mysterious
stranger; and the bewildered affection of parents whose beloved children
suddenly become strangers. The stories are haunting and evocative,
resonating beyond their closing sentences. Most of them evidence the
author’s understanding of the darker, painful side of relationships
that somehow never are, never can be, what was expected. Some of these
short stories have appeared previously in various literary periodicals.