Rona Altrows

Rona Altrows is the author of A Run on Hose (Thistledown Press, 2006), which won the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Fiction. Her other books include the short story collection Key in Lock and the children's chapbook, The River Throws a Tantrum. With Naomi K. Lewis, she co-edited Shy, an anthology on shyness that won an IPPY (Independent Book Publishers) Silver Medal. Altrows was the inaugural winner of the Brenda Strathern Writing Prize and has served as Writer in Residence for the Calgary Public Library and the Alexandra Writers' Centre. Her short stories, essays, flash fiction and ten-minute plays have been published in Prairie Fire, The Prairie Journal, and many other literary magazines.










short fiction

174 pages/trade paper

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A Run On Hose

ISBN: 978-1-894345-98-9

Rona Altrows’ short stories go to the core of what it is to be human — to cherish a departed mate beyond reason, to love a child to distraction, to keep the faith with a friend no matter what, to laugh in the face of self-doubt. This collection delivers a humorous yet poignant series of tales told from the perspectives of women.

“Rona Altrows delivers keenly-observed tales with a serious kick. She draws her characters and their travails in beautifully controlled, precise strokes that render them arresting, haunting and immediate. This is fiction at its best, revealing fresh insights into a world we think we know. This is the real deal.”
— Ian Samuels

“[Rona Altrows'] straight-talking narrators join a lineage of working-class female protagonists that stretches back at least to Margaret Lawrences' Stacey in The Fire Dwellers." — subTerriain

  • Winner of the 2007 City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize


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