Hellgoing

Lynn Coady

Hellgoing
In Hellgoing, Lynn Coady delivers eight short stories about faith and faithlessness. The collection depicts a range of characters and circumstances, from a nun who talks a young anorexic out of her religious fanaticism to a bride with an obsession with bondage to a teacher and student with a strange connection.

Hellgoing won the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Coady was also shortlisted for the award in 2011 with her novel The Antagonist

Excerpt:

Jane salutes you from an age where to be an aficionado is to find yourself too foolishly situated in the world. Where to care a great deal about something, no matter how implicitly interesting it may be, is to come across as a kind of freak. It's interest - inordinate interest - in something seemingly arbitrary, having little do with you or the context you inhabit. Beanie Babies, say, or Glenn Gould. Jane once a person who insisted he "was crazy about Glenn Gould," who owned all these rare and exotic recordings. Called himself a glennered, happily, smugly. Did other Gould fanatics call themselves glennerds? Jane wanted to know. The glennered shrugged, didn't care. It wasn't about other glennerds, Jane saw, it was only about this particular glennered, him and his fascination. This person was not a musician. Didn't listen to classical music, as a rule. From: Hellgoing by Lynn Coady. Copyright © Lynn Coady, 2013. Reprinted by Permission of House of Anansi Press.