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Glorious Frazzled Beings

Written by Angélique Lalonde

Published September 07, 2021 | ISBN 9781487009571
FICTION / Short Stories

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304 pages | 7 in × 5.5 in
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About this book

Glorious Frazzled Beings

Angélique Lalonde

Home is where we love, suffer, and learn. Some homes we chose, others are inflicted upon us, and still others are bodies we are born into. In this astounding collection of stories, human and more-than-human worlds come together in places we call home.

Four sisters and their mother explore their fears while teeny ghost people dress up in fragments of their children’s clothes. A somewhat-ghost tends the family garden. Deep in the mountains, a shapeshifting mother must sift through her ancestors’ gifts and the complexities of love when one boy is born with a beautiful set of fox ears and another is not. In the wake of her elderly mother’s tragic death, a daughter tries to make sense of the online dating profile she left behind. And a man named Pooka finds new ways to weave new stories into his abode, in spite of his inherited suffering.

A startling and beguiling story collection, Glorious Frazzled Beingsis a love song to the homes we make, keep, and break.

About the Author

Angélique Lalonde

ANGÉLIQUE LALONDE was the recipient of the 2019 Journey Prize, has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and was awarded an Emerging Writer’s residency at the Banff Centre. Her work has been published in numerous journals and magazines. She also received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Victoria. Lalonde is the second-eldest of four daughters. Her mother is Métis, and her father is Québécois. She dwells on Gitxsan Territory in Northern British Columbia with her partner, two small children, and many non-human beings.

Awards and Praise


Winner, Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize

“Angélique Lalonde’s ‘Pooka’ is a contemporary classic. After a failed attempt at online fame, Pooka, a carpet collector and sculptor, must reconsider his artistic practice and its relationship to his mental health. Deftly weaving explorations of identity, isolation, and displacement with colourful and unexpected imagery, Lalonde tells a powerful story of life on the precipice. There is fear here, and an inescapable loneliness, but there is also a celebration of resilience that utterly defines this moment in literature, and society in general. Told in clean, efficient prose, Pooka’s story is both universal and deeply personal, with surprising twists and moments of dark humour that make it truly unforgettable.” — Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize Prize Jury Citation