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Simple Recipes

Category: Book
By (author): Thien, Madeleine
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: May 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.00in x 5.18in
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$ 19.95
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From The Publisher*From the award-winning author of Dogs at the Perimeter, a stunning debut now repackaged as a Vintage Canada trade paperback.

Longing, familiarity, and hope fill the pages of this new edition of Madeleine Thien's collection of stories, which explore the subtle dimensions of personal connections and the bonds that are fraught with tension--deftly weaving in conflicts between generations and cultures. With a masterful insight into the relationships that define us, Thien creates a cast of true-to-life characters who are all looking for ways to make amends and come to terms with the events that have shaped their lives: whether a woman searching her past for the moment when her family lost faith in itself, two sisters who keep watch outside their former home in the hope that their long-absent mother will return, a wife who helps her husband grieve for the woman he has loved since childhood, or a daughter who reflects on the simple ritual she shared with her father and when her unconditional love for him was called into question. Compassionate and revealing, delicate and wise, these stories chart the uneven progress of love and expose the heartbreaking truths at the core of our closest bonds.
Review Quote*Praise for Simple Recipes:
"Thien's gorgeous stories [are] dense with imagery . . . weighted with intention." The Vancouver Sun
"Seven spare, eloquent tales of family ties that fray but don't break. . . . Truthful and suffused with quiet ache: a welcome collection, with the Asian background presented without exoticism, as a matter-of-fact part of North American life." Kirkus Review (starred review)
"Sensuous and concrete, these stories feel near-perfect." Quill & Quire (starred review)
Biographical NoteMADELEINE THIEN's first book of fiction, Simple Recipes, won four awards in Canada and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Her novel Certainty was a national bestseller, won the First Novel Award, and was a Globe and Mail Best Book. Her second novel, Dogs at the Perimeter, was also a Globe and Mail Best Book. Originally from Vancouver, Thien currently divides her time between that city and Montreal. The author lives in Montreal, QC.