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Signs and Wonders

Written by Alix Ohlin

Published June 16, 2012 | ISBN 9781770892088

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Regular price $18.95 CAD

272 pages | 8 in × 5.1875 in
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About this book

Signs and Wonders

Alix Ohlin

Reader's Guide ↓

A New York Times Editors' Choice and an Oprah's Book Club Summer Reading Pick

In this brilliant new collection, Scotiabank Giller Prize and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize nominee Alix Ohlin skillfully displays the full range of human emotions through the subtly powerful dramas of everyday life.

In "You Are What You Like" a young couple finds their life derailed by the arrival of a hard-partying old friend. In "Robbing the Cradle" Lisette does everything she can to give her husband a baby, committing an act of desperation. In "The Idea Man" Beth, a divorcee, falls in love with a man who lies for fun. And in the incredible title story, Kathleen finds herself sitting at the hospital bedside of a man she had planned to divorce, comforted by the woman she went out of her way to hurt. These characters are divorced and beginning to date again, childless and longing for children, married and aching for more. Often unexpected and unsettling, always fascinating, Signs and Wonders showcases a young writer of remarkable range and emotional depth.

About the Author

Alix Ohlin

ALIX OHLIN is the author of five books, including the novels Inside and Dual Citizens, which were both finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, and many other publications. Born and raised in Montreal, she lives in Vancouver, where she chairs the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia.

Awards and Praise
It’s hard to resist devouring the stories at first, but upon approaching the last few with a sense of hesitation one does slow down, wanting to draw out the pleasure as long as possible.
  • Commended New York Times Editors' Choice, 2012
  • Commended Oprah's Book Club Summer Reading Pick, 2012