Pauls by Jess Taylor
Pauls, the debut short story collection from Jess Taylor, is about people and how they hurt, heal, and shape each other. In the NMA-winning title story, "Paul," the frustrating lives of three Pauls collide in a town, and ultimately universe, that traps them. Within “Breakfast Curry,” Paul discovers an illness that keeps his body from healing and opens him up to the mysteries of the world, including a miraculous appearance in the sky. A pathologically lying Paul in “Below the Spoon-Tree” crashes a backyard barbeque where he tries and fails to absorb into a crowd of warring children and trading spouses. The collection finishes with the novelette, “Degenerate,” where, during the 2013 ice storm, three women experience life with needy and sordid men who threaten to destroy their collective idea of love.
Funny, heartbreaking, disturbing, and uncanny, the stories of Pauls introduce a singular new voice in contemporary fiction.
#11 on National Post's "N99" Best Books of 2015
Amazon.ca Editors' Best Book of 2015
Kobo Best Canadian Book of 2015
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"Paul" - Winner of the 2013 NMA in Fiction AVAILABLE IN STORES NOW
"Breakfast Curry" - Nominated for 2015 NMA in Fiction
"Wishweeds" - Honourable Mention, 2013 Room Magazine Short Story Contest
Praise for Pauls
“I read Jess Taylor’s debut with a kind of childlike enthusiasm. As a writer, she’s thoughtful, compassionate, imaginative and intellectually curious. Her stories tend to establish themselves slowly, like a storm moving in, and they always revolve around a strong emotional centre that pulls you in, some sort of gravity. Don’t resist.” — Guillaume Morissette, author of New Tab, Finalist for the 2015 Amazon.ca First Novel Award
"A Paul in Every Story" - Brett Josef Grubisic, The Toronto Star
"Review: Pauls" - Andrew Hood, The Bookshelf Blog
"Review: Pauls by Jess Taylor" - Jaaron Collins, Worn Pages and Ink
Jess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. She founded The Emerging Writers Reading Series in 2012 and is the fiction editor of Little Brother Magazine. She's released two chapbooks of poetry, And Then Everyone: Poems of the West End (Picture Window Press, 2014) and Never Stop (Anstruther Press, 2014). This October, her first collection of short stories, Pauls, was published by BookThug. The title story from the collection, "Paul," received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess is currently at work on a second collection, a novel, and continuation of her life poem, Never Stop.
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