"I relished this collection. I dove into it and didn't want to come up for air. Braun's style is addictive. She might be the Alice Munro of Manitoba." -- Michelle Berry, The Globe and Mail
Short story specialist Lois Braun returns with a new collection, The Penance Drummer.
With her remarkable eye for detail, Braun keenly observes the subtle dynamics and complexities of family relationships.
In "Assassins" a teenage girl copes with her three quarrelsome aunts and confronts the serious illness of her uncle as she learns that the world around her is always changing. In "Goldie" a listless young married woman fixates on the woman, and her property, to spark her own life. "In The Half-Town Folly", an artless big city man accompanies his ne'er-do-well brother and a shifty ex-con companion as they attempt the perfect crime when what he really dreams about is his own camper and a cross-country escape. The title story reveals how a long-married couple achieve an epiphany, and a renewal, at a bus stop in Victoria.
With The Penance Drummer, Lois Braun begins in rural Manitoba and opens up a whole world.
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