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Agassiz Stories by Sandra Birdsell

Agassiz Stories

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Agassiz Stories by Sandra Birdsell
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Apr 02, 2002 | ISBN 9780771014642

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“In fiction what I long for is a sense of the story’s being alive – all hot, rude, contrary, funny, unbearable. You don’t get that nearly often enough, but in Sandra Birdsell’s work you do get it over and over again, and she has the energy, the faith, the skill, to make her stories overwhelm us.”
–Alice Munro

“A remarkable achievement [that] confirms Birdsell’s position as one of the best short-story writers in the language.”
–Alberto Manguel, Books in Canada

“Each piece is a model of economy; cumulatively, they resonate with the unsparing power of a memory mediated only by art.”
Publishers Weekly

“In twenty-three well-crafted, emotionally resonant stories focusing on nearly every family issue under the sun, Birdsell has woven past and present into a disturbingly honest portrait of small-town and suburban life.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

“Impressive.…A masterful storyteller, able to render quiet moments of beauty and grace.…”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Like Alice Munro, Sandra Birdsell writes of the trials of family, and of the past that clings to us no matter what efforts we make to scour it from our bodies and souls.…Sandra Birdsell is here to stay.”
–W.P. Kinsella, The Reader

“Birdsell writes with the kind of emotional and psychological honest that distinguishes Munro’s work.…She has good insight into family relationships and the alternating loyalty, duplicity, jealousy, treachery and compassion of its members.…By the final story, we feel we know this family as well as any other in Canadian fiction.…Birdsell has us well and truly hooked.”
Globe and Mail

“An infinite pleasure.”
Minnesota Daily

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