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We Want What We Want

A short story collection by Alix Ohlin.

Alix Ohlin

Alix Ohlin delivers a masterclass in the short story with We Want What We Want, populated by bad parents, burned potential, and inescapable old flames. In the mordantly funny "Money, Geography, Youth," Vanessa arrives home after volunteering in Ghana, only to discover that her father is engaged to her childhood best friend. In the subversive "The Brooks Brothers Guru," Amanda drives to Upstate New York to rescue her cousin from a cult, only to discover well-dressed men living together in a beautiful abode, drinking cocktails, and exchanging Classical knowledge. In "The Universal Particular," Tamar welcomes her husband's young relative from Somalia into her Stockholm home, only to find her life knocked askew in ways she doesn't quite understand.

Each story in We Want What We Want is diamond-sharp — sparkling with humour, pain, and beauty. (From House of Anansi Press)

We Want What We Want is available in July 2021.

Alix Ohlin is a writer from Vancouver and the current chair of the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia. Her books include the novels Inside, Dual Citizens and the short story collection Signs and Wonders. Both Inside and Dual Citizens were finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, in 2012 and 2019.

Interviews with Alix Ohlin

Alix Ohlin isn't quite a household name, but she's already been nominated for Canada's most prestigious fiction award as many times as Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood and Miriam Toews. Ohlin received her second nomination for the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her new book, Dual Citizens, in which she explores the intensity and messiness of relationships – familial and otherwise. 30:17

Other books by Alix Ohlin

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