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Real Life

A collection of stories by

In 1985, Sharon Butala' s first collection of short stories, Queen of the Headaches, was nominated for a Governor General' s Award. Her second, Fever, won the 1992 Authors Award for Paperback Fiction and was nominated for a Commonwealth Award. The publication of Real Life, her newest collection, once again shows she is a master of the genre.

Real Life contains ten perfectly formed stories, singular moments of emotional intensity about the inner lives we all share. In " Light," a woman whose sister is dying an agonizing death from cancer finds a compelling attraction to the stories of Holocaust survivors. In " Real Life," Raine, a middle-aged divorced woman, runs into her former husband and the still-sharp pain of an affair that changed the course of their lives.

 " Keeping House" tells of a daughter' s impending divorce, forcing her mother to re-examine her own abusive first marriage. Each story presents the moments of " real life" that all of us experience, stripping away defenses to reveal truths of pain, joy, anger, fear, or hope.

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Hardback Editions

March 2002 : UK Hardback

Title: Real Life: Short Stories
Author(s): Sharon Butala
ISBN: 0-00-255402-X / 978-0-00-255402-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins Canada
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Paperback Editions

December 2002 : UK Paperback

Title: Real Life
Author(s): Sharon Butala
ISBN: 0-00-639234-2 / 978-0-00-639234-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phyllis Bruce Books Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA