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We So Seldom Look on Love by Barbara Gowdy

We So Seldom Look on Love

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A collection of stories about life’s outsiders. Sometimes shocking, but all sensitively written. A collection of stories with a difference.

June 2010 Guest Editor Patrick Gale on Barbara Gowdy...

As yet the only collection of stories from this consistently brilliant Canadian novelist, this is every bit as unsettling as Ian McEwan’s notorious early books. The title tale of necrophilia is the one everyone remembers but my particular favourite is Presbyterian Crosswalk, a funny, nasty tale of childhood anxiety and religious mania.

If you like Barbara Gowdy you might also like to read books by Sadie Jones, Daniel Clay and Mary Lawson .


We So Seldom Look on Love by Barbara Gowdy

A wonderful collection of prize-winning short stories from one of Canada's brightest authors. The cult film success KISSED is based on the title story. This powerful, disturbing and entirely original collection of prize-winning tales is a compelling exploration of all that is seemingly unnatural and outlandish. Populated by an assortment of freaks, Siamese twins, exhibitionists, necrophiles and transsexuals, these bizarre stories are shot through with Gowdy's humorous, life-enhancing and essentially festive sympathy for the quirks and quiddities found in life's carnival. Unflinchingly explicit and shocking, We So Seldom Look on Love is also moving and cathartic, pushing past the limits of convention into lives that are at once improbably fantastic and heartbreakingly real. The title story has now been filmed as the movie KISSED, a shocking and moving film that gained critical acclaim at Sundance and Cannes and will have full theatrical release in Britain, coinciding with the release of this tie-in edition.


'Gowdy is a writer now emerging as one of Canada's most accomplished and outrageous! We So Seldom Look on Love will only deepen her reputation for fine technique and alarming content. These are unsettling and profoundly moving short stories to be read, and reread, and then to be dreamt upon! this is a remarkable and uplifting book.'
Toronto Globe and Mail

'Barbara Gowdy's stunning collection plants her firmly in the constellation of Canada's bright literary lights! in this new set of stories she truly shines. Her insatiable curiousity, her candour and her cool wit emerge like chrysalids from the assembled deformity of this lively and memorable book.'
Montreal Gazette

About the Author

Barbara Gowdy

Barbara Gowdy lives in Toronto. She is the author of four previous works of fiction: 'Through the Green Valley', 'We So Seldom Look on Love', 'Falling Angels' and 'Mister Sandman'.

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Publication date

3rd June 2008


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Flamingo an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


224 pages


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