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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
5.5 x 8.5 - 160 pp
April 2011
CAD$21.95 • USD$21.95

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.