The Other Side of Youth

The Other Side of Youth Kelli Deeth s first book since her acclaimed debut The Girl without Anyone a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year is a collection of stories about missed connections and unrequited desire Deeth s

  • Title: The Other Side of Youth
  • Author: Kelli Deeth
  • ISBN: 9781551525
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kelli Deeth s first book since her acclaimed 2001 debut The Girl without Anyone a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year is a collection of stories about missed connections and unrequited desire Deeth s female protagonists confront the emotional complexities of marriage, childlessness, adoption, adolescent longing, friendship, and death they mourn the loss of youth whileKelli Deeth s first book since her acclaimed 2001 debut The Girl without Anyone a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year is a collection of stories about missed connections and unrequited desire Deeth s female protagonists confront the emotional complexities of marriage, childlessness, adoption, adolescent longing, friendship, and death they mourn the loss of youth while grappling with the uncertainties of adulthood.In Vera s Room, a woman who is unable to conceive negotiates a tense relationship with the seven year old girl she and her husband have adopted In Embrace, Theresa, a young woman who has just had an abortion decides to give up on sexual desire and settle with a divorced father who can provide her with safety And in Sis, Jenny moves back to Toronto from Winnipeg in order to start her life over and reconnect with her step brother, with whom she shares complicated and tragic childhood.These are stories about the vagaries of family and the narrow chasm between longing and grief with a deft hand and a knowing eye, Kelli Deeth creates stories that are devastating, incisive portraits of dysfunction and desire.

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    About “Kelli Deeth

    • Kelli Deeth

      Kelli Deeth s acclaimed story collection, The Girl Without Anyone, published by HarperCollins, was chosen as one of The Globe and Mail s Best Books Her stories appear regularly in literary journals such as Event, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, Joyland and The Puritan Kelli Deeth holds an MFA in creative writing from The University of British Columbia and teaches creative writing at The University of Toronto She lives and writes in Toronto.

    618 thoughts on “The Other Side of Youth

    • Lately I'm all about short stories. This is an excellent collection.I especially loved the story entitled "Vera's room." I'm fascinated by adoption stories and really feel that not enough people have written about adoption.I was fascinated by the themes of motherhood and relationship to children in this collection. I could relate to it a lot.I have a lot of respect for Deeth, especially after I read her article in the National Post called "A writer who writes what she wants."


    • Surprising that this excellent collection only has two reviews so far: to me, it's one of those books that you want to talk about with every like-minded reader you know. Deeth's characters are real. They're you and me, they're our sisters and daughters and mothers and friends. They yearn for hope, security, passion, for lives that matter; they live in the constant tension between what they long to attain and what they fear they deserve. They resolve to move forward, beyond heartbreak and failure [...]


    • An unflinching look at several varieties of relationships: with parents, lovers, children, and self. No Pollyanna mentalities here; Deeth's protagonists are real and flawed -- not always likable but profoundly human. These character-driven stories leave the reader hip-deep in ambivalence, painfully aware of the wounds and failures that may anchor us in place, hungering again for that nameless something we all strive to grasp.Recommended for lovers of serious contemporary fiction. Literature at i [...]


    • These stories focus on women negotiating their gender identities in the face of family breakups and the alienation of contemporary life . The women in these stories are having babies, losing babies, and longing for babies. They seek secure mates while knowing, or being told, that a good man is hard to find. Sometimes these men appear, sometimes they don't. The prose style is sleek but not minimalist. The women know danger and disappointment lurk, but they muck through anyway.


    • I didn't know what expect when I started this book.I normally don't care for short stories I read each story like a Noah Hawley show. Which is great to me!Each story had its way of getting into my brain and taking a look at the simular relationships around me. Each story instantly made me feel like I knew these characters. Kelli Deeth , has become a favorite of mine.


    • Somehow, I just couldn't seem to identify with or relate to any of the characters in this collection of stories, and I found the tone of most of them to be at least mildly depressing. However, I thought they were all very written, hence the 3-star rating.


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