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We want what we want

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    Astoria, 2021
    Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.


  • Author: Ohlin, Alix

    Thirteen glittering, surprising, and darkly funny stories of people testing the boundaries of their lives, from two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Alix Ohlin. In the mordantly funny 'Money, Geography, Youth,' Vanessa arrives home from a gap year volunteering in Ghana to find that her father is engaged to her childhood best friend. Unable to reconcile the girl she went to dances with in the eighth grade and the woman in her father's bed, Vanessa turns to a different old friendship for her own, unique diversion. In the subversive 'The Brooks Brothers Guru,' Amanda drives to upstate New York to rescue her gawky cousin from a cult, only to discover clean-cut, well-dressed men living in a beautiful home, discussing the classics and drinking cocktails, moving her to wonder what freedoms she might be willing to trade for a life of such elegant comfort. And in 'The Universal Particular,' Tamar welcomes her husband's young stepcousin into her home, only to find her cool suburban life knocked askew in ways she cannot quite understand. Populated with imperfect families, burned potential, and inescapable old flames, the stories in We Want What We Wantare, each one, diamond-sharp - sparkling with pain, humour, and beauty.

    Original Publisher: Toronto, Astoria
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9781487004903, 1487004907
    Collection(s)/Series: BC and Yukon Book Prizes 2022