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The Odious Child

and Other Stories

by Carolyn Black

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list price: $21.95
edition:Paperback
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published: April 2011
ISBN:9780889712546
publisher: Nightwood Editions
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What would you do if your child was a furry feral creature or your new love interest a potential serial killer (or worse, a fictitious cliché)? In The Odious Child, Carolyn Black invents her own blend of urban fantasy, crafting a unique storyscape that she populates with a series of mostly nameless figures who are trapped in social roles that they anxiously try to fulfill - and sometimes manage to escape. With a refreshingly clear voice and dark, offbeat sense of humour, Black tempers her incisive examination of contemporary frustration and loneliness with wry optimism and wit.

About the Author

Carolyn Black's stories have appeared in literary journals across Canada. "Serial Love" was published in the prestigious Journey Prize anthology, and "At World's End, Falling Off" won Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards. She received an M.A. in English from the University of Toronto, where she now works, converting early modern manuscripts into books, and converting these books into encoded data for the web. She lives in Toronto when not inhabiting the spaces between then, now and soon.

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The Odious Child is an alluring portrait of the magic of the mind to twist and tense under the conditioning of a fractured city. Black's work here evinces the kind of spirited control that gets my gears turning, and her ability to zero in on details, the myriad tiny fragments of thought and life, ensure that in me she has enchanted a perpetually devoted reader.
--E. M. Keeler, Bookside Table Blog


[I]t's been awhile since I've read a book that's made me curious enough to go search the author out for some illumination. Carolyn Black's first book is one of the strongest debuts I've ever encountered. ... She writes like no one else I've ever read, like a writer who's standing on the shoulders of nobody, her stories' own foundations are so very solid.
--Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

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