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A Nightwood Editions title, distributed by Harbour Publishing

AVAILABLE
ISBN 13: 978-0-88971-190-7
ISBN 10: 0-88971-190-9
Paperback
5.25 x 8 - 200 pp
September 2002
CAD$16.95 • USD$16.95

A Day Does Not Go By

The debut of one of western Canada’s most thoughtful and original new authors.

Book Description

Johnston skillfully follows the twentieth-century realist tradition of stripping stories down to details and everyday conversations that represent accurate snippets of life, and he explores perception - our ability to discern between conclusions and reality, between misplaced trust and mirror-pane truth. In his unique stories, Jeff and Beth clumsily discuss how they should be reacting to finding a “dead man,” who is not actually dead; a married couple doubt the existence of their eight-year-old son enough to add their names to a school petition asking “teachers and students to no longer refer to the boy... except as a myth."

Johnston masterfully mixes such stories and perspectives with short vignettes told directly from ground zero of a surreal, apparitional landscape. Without philosophical discourse or interrogation, these stories playfully prompt us to question our own realities. The debut of one of western Canada’s most thoughtful and original new authors, A Day Does Not Go By realistically depicts the confusion brought about by crumbling or extinguished relationships, roles and identities.