The Middle Stories

The Middle Stories

eBook - 2012
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Balancing wisdom and innocence, joy and foreboding, Sheila Heti's completely original stories lead you to surprising places. This edition featuring nine new stories.

A frog doles out sage advice to a plumber infatuated with a princess, a boy falls hopelessly in love with a monkey, and a man with a hat keeps apocalyptic thoughts at bay by resolving to follow a plan that he admits he won't stick to.

Globe and Mail critic Russell Smith has described Heti's stories as cryptic fairy tales without morals at the end, but really the morals are in the quality of the telling and in the details disclosed along the way. Look where you weren't going to look, think what you wouldn't have thought, Heti seems to say, and meaning itself gains more meaning, more dimensions. Heti's stories are not what you expect, but why did you expect that anyway?

This special new edition features nine new stories that were not available in the first Canadian edition.

Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781770890886
1770890882
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Cdnbookworm May 12, 2014

These stories are all stories with an odd twist to them. Fairy tales gone wrong such as women that live alone in a shoe and mermaids held captive in glass jars. People who think they know what they want until they get it and find that they don't want it after all. People who wander aimlessly through life looking for a purpose. Each story offers a different surprise, a different way of thinking. These are not happy stories, but are they are stories that make you think.
This edition offers nine new stories that weren't in the original release of this book.

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