An understated collection of stories about innocence, experience and the road in between, set in a fictional Canadian Shield town that serves as home to Grayson's unusual characters.
Patti Grayson’s hilarious and heartbreaking stories focus on those moments in our lives when a turn of heart changes everything in the blink of an eye, taking us to a place that looks familiar, but feels completely foreign.
"Grayson has an uncanny ability to draw the reader into her stories, making available her characters' mindspace, and laying bare the emotional core of her work. Her lively description never detracts from the narrative flow, but only serves to enhance the atmosphere in which her characters move."
- Billie Dee Knight, Newwinnipeg Word
"Grayson's writing skill is evident in her fine use of understatement and similes."
- Prairie Fire Review of Books
"Grayson's writing is rich with drama and psychological nuance."
- Jim Bartley, The Globe and Mail
"The intensity of the collection comes from the inner struggles of its characters, as they attempt to navigate the social fractures that appear around them."
- Timothy Friesen, Winnipeg Free Press
"Grayson displays a real skill for plot, building tension deftly."
-Ken Hunt, Quill and Quire
"This is solid and thoughtful prose, written with humanity and generosity."
- Uptown Magazine
"Ordinary people become extraordinary under Grayson's scrutiny and we can't help but walk away from these stories with a greater appreciation of strangers—the ones we've never met and even those we have. The fictional town of Hematite may mine iron ore, but its lore is pure gold."
- Deborah Froese, author of Out of the Fire
"Hockey rinks, small-town mining, and the underdog—Grayson deftly extracts raw nuggets of classic Canadiana and explores them with originality and a fitting blend of the tender and the raw."
- Laura J. Cutler, author of Jumping Off
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Patti Grayson is an actor and writer with a BA in English and Theatre from the University of Winnipeg. She has toured with the Manitoba Puppet Theatre and appeared in numerous film and television roles. Her first novel, Autumn, One Spring (Turnstone Press), was short listed for The Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher at the 2011 Manitoba Book Awards. Her short fiction collection, Core Samples (Turnstone Press), also garnered nominations for two Manitoba Book Awards. Patti has worked as a school librarian, advertising copywriter, puppeteer, and actor. She lives in St. Andrew's, Manitoba with her husband and two teenage children.