Daddy Lenin and Other Stories

Guy Vanderhaeghe

Daddy Lenin and Other Stories
In his first short story collection since 1992's Things As They Are?, Guy Vanderhaeghe tackles a theme that's loomed large through all his work: the complicated terrain of masculinity. This time around, it's older men with nicks, cuts and bruises, both psychological and physical, who populate and haunt his storytelling. Charley Brewster, an English professor, is startled out of his uninspired life when a phantom hand pain and a violent new neighbour bring out old urges. A down-on-his-luck plumbing contractor, Billy Constable, strives to best his business rival on the golf course to disastrous effect. A mature, understated and shattering collection.   shortstoriesbanner-620.jpg

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His hands were balled tightly at his sides, every drop of hurt squeezed out of them. They were wrung clean of pain.

His eyes fell on an oil slick on the garage floor. Iridescent under the fluorescent lighting, it shimmered a palette of queasy, vividly unnatural colours, a petroleum-based aurora borealis that was a perfect reflection of the fear coiling in his gut. It was the most beautiful thing Brewster had seen in a long time. He couldn't take his eyes off it even as he listened to the footsteps drawing nearer and nearer.


From Daddy Lenin and Other Stories by Guy Vanderhaeghe ©2015. Published by McClelland & Stewart.

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