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Her so-called life

Helen Humphreys’s latest “hybrid” work does itself a disservice by not settling on a genre

FICTION

Machine Without Horses

Helen Humphreys

HarperCollins

IN A 2017 Maclean’smagazine interview about her non-fiction title The Ghost Orchard, which blended meticulous research and historical fact with a few dalliances into fiction, Helen Humphreys described how her writing had morphed into something she found difficult to define. “I suppose you could call it creative non-fiction, and rather focused on the natural world, which is what I’m most interested in reading these days,” she said. “But my books also include some fiction, so they’re difficult to pinpoint. So call what I’m writing a hybrid.”

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