Flying a Red Kite

Overview

A beautiful new edition of Hugh Hood’s debut story collection.

It all started toward the end of the 1930s, when the young Hugh Hood serviced a flourishing Saturday Evening Post delivery route with more than fifty weekly customers. That was where the author-to-be first encountered the short story, in the fiction of the famous magazine writers Damon Runyon, Guy Gilpatric, Arthur Train, and the master of them all, P.G. Wodehouse.

Hood would go on to write several novels and short story collections. Perhaps more importantly, he would be a founding member of the now-legendary Montreal Story Tellers group. Reissued here on its 55th anniversary, Hood’s first collection of short fiction, Flying a Red Kite contains some of his most well-known short fiction, from the post-apocalyptic visions of “After the Sirens” to the Faulknerian portrait of rural Ontario in “Three Halves of a House.” Flying a Red Kite is an essential window into the work of a major and unique Canadian talent.

Reviews

Hood’s thirty-year career demonstrates his profound and compassionate sensitivity to our human predicament.

Canadian Book Review Annual

Flying A Red Kite is a subtle and generous book.

Canadian Literature

About the Authors

Hugh Hood

Posted by Kendra on August 16, 2016

Hugh Hood

Hugh Hood was a Canadian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and university professor. He wrote thirty-two books, including seventeen novels and several volumes of short fiction. In 1988, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Michael Gnarowski

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014

Michael Gnarowski

Michael Gnarowski co-edited The Making of Modern Poetry in Canada, compiled The Concise Bibliography of English Canadian Literature, and edited the Critical Views on Canadian Writers series for McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Gnarowski is professor emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa.