postcard and other stories

by Anik See

September 2009
6 x 9 paper 200 pages
ISBN 978-1-55111-925-0
CDN $23.95| US $23.95

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A high school math teacher drifts from a moored boat to a downtown trance club, while negotiating her problematic relationship with an alcoholic older brother. A displaced Toronto book designer deliberates dreams, daydreams, and delusions that result from a lone encounter with philosopher Mark Kingwell. A dissatisfied nomad traverses the globe, from Toronto to Persepolis, chasing fleeting intimacies of her own as she tries to conjure confessions for the dead.

In six stories Anik See meticulously deconstructs love, art, and identity, blurring the distinctions between momentary lust and long-term intimacy, and loss and fulfillment. Throughout these explorations of somewhat muddled lives, See demonstrates an uncanny ability to distill often unsettling truths, in prose that is intelligent, subtle, and unerringly cool. Intricate yet precise, postcard and other stories offers the reader a sharp, lucid perspective on the blurry, bewildering business of being human.

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PRAISE FOR POSTCARD AND OTHER STORIES

“Emotionally complex, wistful and raw and surprising, postcard and other stories is a complicated pleasure. Infidelity, obsession, new love, loss—Anik See negotiates the intricacies of the adult world with an unerring instinct for what is true about our lives and ourselves. She is a real writer and I, for one, can’t wait for more.”
—Michael Crummey

“Anik See’s smart, charged stories are a vivid education in intoxication and desire, heart and hormones, math equations and trance DJs. She is a deft seer, ferocious and tender and glorious.”
—Mark Jarman