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hearts and minds

Two collections of short fiction display different emphases on formal and affective aspects of the genre


Half-Sisters and Other Stories Ryan Turner Gaspereau Press

The Eater of Dreams Kat Cameron Thistledown Press

THE CLOSING ENTRY in Halifax writer Ryan Turner’s sophomore collection of short fiction is called “Moving.” It’s appropriate, given that the story literally begins in motion, with an opening sentence that reads, “As the train wound through the shadow of forest, Theo leaned forward to draw the attention of his grandmother.” The reader is thrust into the action in medias res with a feeling of propulsion, notwithstanding the fact that the character in question is effectively sitting still.

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