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Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility

Written by Théodora Armstrong

Published February 22, 2013 | ISBN 9781770892408
FICTION / Short Stories

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304 pages
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About this book

Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility

Théodora Armstrong

Set against the divergent landscape of British Columbia — from the splendours of nature to its immense dangers, from urban grease and grit to dry, desert towns — Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility examines human beings and their many frailties with breathtaking insight and accuracy.

Théodora Armstrong peoples her stories with characters as richly various — and as compelling — as her settings. A soon-to-be father and haute cuisine chef mercilessly berates his staff while facing his lack of preparedness for parenthood. A young girl revels in the dark drama of the murder of a girl from her neighbourhood, until she begins to suspect that her troubled brother might be the murderer. A novice air-traffic specialist must come to terms with his first loss — the death of a pilot — on his watch. And the dangers of deep canyons and powerful currents spur on the reckless behaviour of teenagers as they test the limits of bravery, friendship, and sex.

With startling intimacy and language stripped bare, Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility announces the arrival of Théodora Armstrong as a striking new literary voice.

About the Author

Théodora Armstrong

Théodora Armstrong is a fiction writer and poet. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines across the country such as Event, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, Descant, The New Quarterly, and Contemporary Verse 2. In 2008 she won a Western Magazine Award for Fiction, and her stories have been included in both The Journey Prize Anthology 20 and Coming Attractions 10. Théodora lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and daughter. She is at work on her first novel.

Awards and Praise
[Armstrong] is a fresh, new voice in Canadian short fiction, but a fresh, new voice that’s already proven her to be a force in the form. [Her] fiction is very human, taut with tension, and replete with well-drawn characters. Certainly a strong debut collection.