We So Seldom Look on Love

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We So Seldom Look on Love


By Barbara Gowdy

Zoland Books, Paperback, 9781883642006, 256pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 1998


Now in paperback, this masterfully crafted story collection by the author of the internationally best-selling novel Mister Sandman is a haunting book that is certain to both disturb and entertain. With a particular focus on obsession and the abnormal, We So Seldom Look On Love explores life at its quirky extremes, pushing past limits of convention into lives that are fantastic and heartbreakingly real. Whether writing about the dilemma of a two-headed man who attempts to expunge his own pain, the shock of a woman who discovers she has married a transsexual, the erotic delusions of a woman who repeatedly exposes her body to an unknown voyeur, or the bizarre predilections of a female necrophile (a story made into the acclaimed motion picture, "Kissed"), Gowdy convinces us with incisive detail, only to disarm us with black humor.

About the Author
Barbara Gowdy is the award-winning author of Helpless, The Romantic, The White Bone, Mister Sandman and Falling Angels, all of which have appeared on bestseller lists throughout the world. She has been nominated repeatedly for every major Canadian literary prize, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Governor General s Award, the Trillium Book Award (which she won for Helpless) and the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize. She also received the Marian Engel Award for her body of work. A member of the Order of Canada and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, Gowdy lives in Toronto.

Praise For We So Seldom Look on Love

"Barbara Gowdy invites herself, and us, into taboo territory where love and disgust mingle freely. Nothing seems to hold back the narrative flow, not propriety, not politics, not even that ambiguity we once called good taste . . . Gowdy writes about the macabre, but she writes like an angel." -- Carol Shields, Boston Globe