Caroline Adderson's first collection of stories, Bad Imaginings was nominated for the 1993 Governor General's Award for Fiction and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She's been hailed by Toronto Star literary critic Philip Marchand as one of the four most notable emerging writers in Canada and by Margaret Atwood as one of the country's most promising women writers. Adderson lives in Vancouver.
The Caroline Adderson Library
This special bundle unites two books, one of short stories and one novel, by one of Canadaâ€™s premier short fiction writers. The Sky Is Falling deftly intertwines themes of first love, sexual confusion, and the dread of nuclear disaster with the comical infighting of a cast of well-meaning political activists, and the timelessness of the great Russian classics. A story for our own age of paranoia and terror, Caroline Addersonâ€™s witty, accomplished novel returns the reader to another fearful era, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear annihilation and the end of world seemed inevitable.
Pleased to Meet You collects nine razor-sharp stories. Stylistically varied and linguistically confident, these are compulsively readable stories that plumb the complexities of the human heart. A dying Finn, a philandering photographer recovering from an emergency splenectomy, a young woman heavy with an hysterical pregnancy - these are just some of the surprising characters that people these pages.
In Adderson's well-wrought tales, the unexpected is the one thing on which we can rely.
Adderson is a superb stylist, and these are classic examples of the storyteller's art.
Her writing isn't simply deft: Adderson is very, very funny, but her wit is wry, cleverly controlled: The Sky is Falling is entertaining and insightful...and it has the most memorable final chapter of anything I've read in years.