The Two of Us

It’s a couple of years since my last collection of stories, Paradise & Elsewhere, was published and I’m very excited about its successor, The Two of  Us, which Biblioasis are publishing in  mid September. On the face of it, the two books  are very different – Paradise & Elsewhere is in the fabulist tradition and features characters who  do things such as changing into birds,  whereas  The Two of Us is firmly in the realist camp and deals with more regular, twenty-first century happenings – but I have come to see how both of these books, and the next, are very much connected,  part of  the same exploration. As many reviewers pointed out, the stories in Paradise & Elsewhere  often  concern an encounter between an existing community and an outsider of  some kind: How do we treat the stranger at the gate, and how does that encounter change us?  The stories in The Two of Us are  preoccupied with the human need for connection, and focus on intense  one-on-one relationships,  mother and baby,  husbands and wives, coach and athlete, mother and son, father and daughter, child and animal… Here’s how the jacket copy puts it:

“Meaningful connection,”   continues to preoccupy me. What else is there, in the end?   How far will we go to find or obtain it?  How do we relate to those we think we are close to?

I have just finished the second draft of my next book, which concerns one relationship, a marriage, far from perfect, that lasts seventy years. Here, I’m looking at the detail of how one relationship works over time.  I’m not sure what comes next.

Stories of Intimacy: Amy Reiswig interviews Kathy Page for Focus Magazine

http://focusonline.ca/node/1124 Kathy Page’s new collection of short stories explores the transformative power of one-to-one encounters. IN THE GLOBAL VILLAGE, our world has grown so big. Our care and concern is called on by people from around the planet, and we are mentally and emotionally stretched in endless different directions. Locally, too, as Focus showcases, there’s … Continue reading Stories of Intimacy: Amy Reiswig interviews Kathy Page for Focus Magazine

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The Two of Us a Best Book of 2016

 GLOBE and MAIL FICTION THE TWO OF US BY KATHY PAGE “One of the most talented short-story writers working today delivered yet another knockout collection that is both darkly funny and terribly sad.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/the-globe-100-the-best-books-of-2016/article33132356/ The Writers’ Trust  Best Books of 2016 recommended by Canadian writers Deborah Campbell   “Strife. Division. Tears in the social fabric. … Continue reading The Two of Us a Best Book of 2016

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Psychologically rich & cinematic in the best way, the sweet agony of connection

This review  of  The Two of Us ran in the Ottawa Citizen and the Vancouver  Sun, probably elsewhere,  too. “Word is, the publishing industry (a business sector conscious of market demand) doesn’t invest much in, or encourage, short story collections. Alice Munro-like exceptions exist, of course, but — word is — that literary genre is … Continue reading Psychologically rich & cinematic in the best way, the sweet agony of connection

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The Two of Us Globe Review

Short  fiction does sometimes garner short shrift in terms of review coverage. It’s a huge pleasure then, to read Steven W. Beattie’s review of The Two of Us  for the Globe, which takes the time to explore one of the stories in depth,  mentions their  “potent” emotional impact, and at the same time defends the … Continue reading The Two of Us Globe Review

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A Good Start: The Two of Us nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

It’s over a week since I heard from  Dan Wells at Biblioasis that my short story collection, The Two of Us, had been short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. It was a delicious surprise and is  a great  honour and, but since it happened, I’ve been too busy to post here, and have only been … Continue reading A Good Start: The Two of Us nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

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The Two of Us

  It’s a couple of years since my last collection of stories, Paradise & Elsewhere, was published and I’m very excited about its successor, The Two of  Us, which Biblioasis are publishing in  mid September. On the face of it, the two books  are very different – Paradise & Elsewhere is in the fabulist tradition and … Continue reading The Two of Us

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