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- DescriptionOne of the most common phrases in print is cover before striking, a warning to those about to incently strike a match to be careful t to burn their fingers. Uppal's characters in Cover Before Striking are all people pushing their lives to new levels of intensity, danger, or passion as they test their limits and those of the world. The pyromaniac at the heart of the title story -- winner of the Gloria Vanderbilt Short Fiction Prize -- desperately uses fire to reconnect with lost lovers and family members. In Vertigo, an injured Olympic athlete becomes a research guinea pig in a surreal scientific experiment. In The Boy Next Door, a teenager recounts how her mother took her and fled Canada for Brazil, along with the local Catholic priest. Implacable and just a little unhinged, the stories of Cover Before Striking each move towards that moment of contact when the sparks begin to fly, when destruction and beauty seem to blur together. With this collection, Priscila Uppal offers the literary equivalent of playing with fire.
- Author BiographyPriscila Uppal is an internationally acclaimed poet, fiction writer and York University professor. Among her publications are the poetry book Ontological Necessities and the novel To Whom It May Concern . Her memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother , was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize and the Governor General's Award. Priscila lives in Toronto.
- Author(s)Priscila Uppal
- PublisherDundurn Group Ltd
- Date of Publication31/01/2015
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationToronto
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintDundurn Group Ltd
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight303 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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