From the publisher:
From critically acclaimed and award-winning writer, Russell Wangersky, comes a new collection of short fiction.
has something they're good at: one particular personal skill that they
use to keep their lives moving forward when their worlds suddenly become
difficult or near-impossible. For some, it's denial; for others, blunt
pragmatism. Still others depend on an over-inflated view of self to keep
criticism and doubt at bay.
In his new short story collection, Whirl Away
, Russell Wangersky--author of critically-acclaimed fiction and non-fiction including The Glass Harmonica, Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself
and The Hour of Bad Decisions
looks at what happens when people's personal coping skills go awry.
These are people who discover their anchor-chain has broken: characters
safe in the world of self-deception or even selfdelusion, forced to face
the fact that their main line of defense has become their greatest
From the caretaker of a prairie amusement park to the
lone occupant of a collapsing Newfoundland town, from a travelling
sports drink marketer with a pressing need to get off the road to an
elevator inspector who finds himself losing his marriage while
sensuously burying himself in the tastes and smells of the kitchen,
these are people who spin wildly out of control, finding themselves in a
new and different world.
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