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Even That Wildest Hope

by Seyward Goodhand

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Even That Wildest Hope bursts with vibrant, otherworldly characters—wax girls and gods-among-men, artists on opposite sides of a war, aimless plutocrats and anarchist urchins—who are sometimes wondrous, often grotesque, and always driven by passions and yearnings common to us all. Each story is an untamed territory unto itself: where characters are both victims and predators, the settings are antique and futuristic, and where our intimacies—with friends, lovers, enemies, and even our food—reveal a deeply human desire for beauty and abjection. Stylistic and primordial, Even That Wildest Hope is a chaotic and always satisfying fabulist journey in the baroque tradition of Angela Carter, Carmen Maria Machado, and Ted Chiang.

About the Author

Seyward Goodhand grew up in Hastings County and the North York suburb of Newmarket. Her work has been short-listed for the McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and a National Magazine Award and long-listed for the CBC Short Story Prize. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Found Press, Riddle Fence, Cosmonauts Avenue, subTerrain, PRISM international, Grain, and Dragnet. She is a PhD student in English at the University of Toronto, and lives Winnipeg where she is a sessional instructor of academic writing.

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Contributor Notes

Seyward Goodhand grew up in Hastings County and the North York suburb of Newmarket. Her work has been short-listed for the McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and a National Magazine Award and long-listed for the CBC Short Story Prize. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Found Press, Riddle Fence, Cosmonauts Avenue, subTerrain, PRISM international, Grain, and Dragnet. She is a PhD student in English at the University of Toronto, and lives Winnipeg where she is a sessional instructor of academic writing.

Awards
  • Short-listed, Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize
Editorial Reviews

Read any sentence in this collection and you will know that Seyward Goodhand is a rare and original talent. Her lush and uncanny prose is like a funhouse mirror that reveals as much as it distorts. These are beautiful stories and a terrific debut.—David Bezmozgis

— David Bezmozgis

Even That Wildest Hope is a dark, gleaming, and sophisticated collection. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Ancient and futuristic, these post-human stories seem to have an intelligence all their own. This book is unnerving, satisfying, and mysterious. It blew me away.”—Sarah Selecky, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for This Cake is for the Party & Radiant Shimmering Light

— Sarah Selecky

“Goodhand creates new worlds out of pure energy, then splits them apart to reveal our wounded planet, our all too recognizable selves: ludicrously dangerous, pathetically greedy, lusting after destruction—and longing for love, always love. Astonishing. She had me at the first two sentences. It was a wonderful, unnerving read.”—Pauline Holdstock, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for Beyond Measure

— Pauline Holdstock

Goodhand creates new worlds out of pure energy, then splits them apart to reveal our wounded planet, our all too recognizable selves: ludicrously dangerous, pathetically greedy, lusting after destruction—and longing for love, always love. Astonishing. She had me at the first two sentences. It was a wonderful, unnerving read.—Pauline Holdstock, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for Beyond Measure


Even That Wildest Hope is a dark, gleaming, and sophisticated collection. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Ancient and futuristic, these post-human stories seem to have an intelligence all their own. This book is unnerving, satisfying, and mysterious. It blew me away.—Sarah Selecky, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for This Cake is for the Party & Radiant Shimmering Light


10 complex, determinedly fabulous stories [that] impress for sheer quirky inventiveness.—Quill & Quire


Read any sentence in this collection and you will know that Seyward Goodhand is a rare and original talent. Her lush and uncanny prose is like a funhouse mirror that reveals as much as it distorts. These are beautiful stories and a terrific debut.—David Bezmozgis, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for The Betrayers, and author of The Free World, & Natasha


Seyward Goodhand writes with the soul a genius taxidermist—so much fur torn from flesh to create works of brutal beauty. Like an Angela Carter hopped up on Black Beauties, Goodhand reinvents fairy tale and myth as complex moral quandaries. Intensely visceral—the body is here in all its blood and stink and hungering flesh—and deeply intelligent, Even That Wildest Hope surges with a delinquent passion and bravado originality rarely seen onthe page. Devour these stories before they devour you.—Zsuzsi Gartner, Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

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