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Patricia A. Stone’s first collection of stories, Close Calls, appeared in 1991 (Cormorant Books) and her second collection, Through Any Window, (NuAge Editions/Signature Editions] in 1996. All Things Considered first appeared in book format in 2008 (Hidden Brook Press). She has published stories in literary journals for many years. She was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario, and has lived in Toronto, London ON, Vancouver, Montreal, and currently Peterborough. She holds an M.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Creative Writing, and, for 30 years taught Creative Writing, Canadian Literature and Communications at a community college.
on Sep. 28, 2013 :
In this writer's estimation, Patricia Stone is the unacknowledged mistress of the short story. In her 3rd collection, All Things Considered, Stone follows the familiar themes of family dysfunction and doomed relationships. Protagonist, Margaret Lovell, threads her way through various life stages, and like a camel through a needle's eye, one hardly expects her to come out through the other side. Margaret is too smart and inquisitive for her own damn good and too attractive to avoid 'beauty's punishment'. Ultimately, it's the author's razor sharp wit and uncanny insights into the failings of the human heart that save both Margaret and the reader from despair, making for an breathtakingly unexpected and entertaining read.
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