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Gargoyles

Written by Bill Gaston

Published August 01, 2007 | ISBN 9780887847769

Cover of Gargoyles

Regular price $18.95 CAD

256 pages | 8.13 in × 5.25 in
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About this book

Gargoyles

Bill Gaston

Reader's Guide ↓

Here is the best of Bill Gaston's stories since the publication of his Giller Prize nominated collection, Mount Appetite (2002). In this extraordinary work, Gaston crafts his fiction around the idea of the gargoyle -- the concrete representation of extremes of human emotions.

In Gaston's marvellous, riotous, Rabelaisian world, Gargoyles are physical manifestations of the disfigurements and contortions to which we human beings subject ourselves. Indeed, as Gaston wrote each story, he sketched out a distinct gargoyle to look down over it. For that reason, each story in this collection has a strange and unique guardian spirit whose sometimes benevolent, and sometimes malevolent, presence informs the characters and their actions. Gargoyles shows one of our best writers at the top of his form.

About the Author

Bill Gaston

Bill Gaston is the author of several works of fiction. He was the inaugural recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada Timothy Findley Award, for a distinguished body of work. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Awards and Praise
Whether his characters are twelve-year-old boys or eighty-year-old women, he gets into their skin and pulls us along with him. It is this looking-out from the eyes of someone else that is among Gaston's greatest accomplishments as a storyteller....Besides creating believable characters, Gaston is astonishingly fast at establishing the world each story is set in--an important skill considering how different each story's world is.
  • Short-listed Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, 2007
  • Winner ReLit Awards - Short Stories, 2007
  • Short-listed City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, 2007
  • Short-listed Governor General's Literary Awards: Fiction, 2006