A Minor Planet for You and Other Stories

A Minor Planet for You and Other Stories

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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Told with arresting candor, Leslie Greentree's short fiction creates the satisfying sense of discovering someone's long-kept secret, or the guilty pleasure of overhearing a scathing conversation. A housewife indulges in monthly purchases of specialty vinegar and savours her romantic fantasies about the local grocery store manager; a daughter catches glimpses of herself in the face of her mother's suffocating attentions; a minor astronomer accumulates star charts and wasted nights rather than tender moments with his wife. A Minor Planet for You explores the often wry, sometimes dark but consistently fragile constellations of human relationships. "Intricately and subtly developed, a smart irony permeates these stories." Gloria Sawai "Leslie Greentree's stylistic see-sawing between comedy and tragedy is one of the main reasons why this book is hard to put down." Lisa Grekul
Publisher: Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780888644657
0888644655
Branch Call Number: GREEN
Characteristics: 198 p. ; 23 cm.

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vickiz
Dec 30, 2008

"A Minor Planet for You" is Greentree's first foray into the short story form after two accomplished collections of poetry. As is the case with her poetry, witty, feisty dialogue is one of Greentree's strengths in these stories. She zeroes in on relationships gone askew, and somehow manages to balance tenderly both the humour and the pain or embarrassment of people's failures to connect and communicate.

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Dec 30, 2008

When I get home from work, there's a note on the table. Brian's out looking for an asteroid belt tonight, and won't be back until late. I throw my coat over the back of one of the kitchen chairs and phone my sister, Tanya. When I start complaining about the whole minor planet bullshit plan, she interrupts me.

"Maggie, I think that sounds so romantic. Don't you think it's a wonderful gesture, having your husband want to discover a planet for you?"

"I think it would be more romantic for him to stay home with me once in a while," I say. "Maybe event talk to me."

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