Sara O'Leary
   
 

Sara O’Leary was born in Saskatoon and has lived in Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver. Her first book, Wish You Were Here, a collection of postcard stories, was published in 1994. She is currently working on a novel and several works for the stage. She has also had a number of stageplays produced across the country, and was editor of Prism international in 1996/97. Sara is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including the Irving Layton Award and the W.O. Mitchell Bursary Award.

 

 

 

 

 

  


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short fiction

194 pages/trade paper

Available in the US
World Rights Available

ISBN: 978-1-895449-81-5
List Price: $14.95

Sara O'Leary


The wit and sardonic humour which distinguished Sara O’Leary’s first book, Wish You Were Here are very much in evidence in this new collection of short fiction. Comfort Me With Apples has a wider range, though, and deeper resonances. Ten short stories combine with a novella, “Big As Life”, to evoke and explore life after the “nuclear family”. The characters in these stories display a kind of muddled bravery as they reflect without judgement on the failures of their parents’ generation, and face the task of creating rules from sctatch: for themselves, their friends, their lovers and their children. Self-righteousness has no place in Sara O’Leary’s world. The tensions between her characters’ humour and the heartbreaks which underpin it, charge every story with fierce, compressed energy. Yet it is moments of tenderness, wry and understated, which linger and haunt the reader.

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