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Gargoyles

Written by Bill Gaston

Published August 01, 2007 | ISBN 9780887847769
FICTION / Short Stories

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256 pages | 8.130 in × 5.250 in
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About this book

Gargoyles

Bill Gaston

Reader's Guide ↓ Sample Chapter ↓

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, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Mount Appetite, the Governor General's Literary Award finalist Gargoyles, and the acclaimed novels, Sointula, The Good Body, and The Order of Good Cheer. Gaston 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
  • Short-listed City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, 2007
  • Short-listed Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, 2007
  • Short-listed Governor General's Literary Awards: Fiction, 2006
  • Winner ReLit Awards - Short Stories, 2007