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A Nightwood Editions title, distributed by Harbour Publishing

ISBN 13: 978-0-88971-254-6
ISBN 10: 0-88971-254-9
Price: $21.95 CAD; $21.95 USD
5.5 x 8.5 - 160 pp
April 2011

The Odious Child

and Other Stories
The debut collection from the author of the Journey Prize nominated story “Serial Love.”

Book Description

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.