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The Octopus Has Three Hearts

The Octopus Has Three Hearts

Rachel Rose
$22.95

 


The Octopus Has Three Hearts offers dispatches from the margins of human society. These are stories about damaged people who have committed, witnessed or survived terrible acts and who must make their way in an unforgiving world.

From a goat farmer to a suburban adulterer, a violent child to a polyamorous marine biologist, Rose’s diverse characters have little in common except a life-sustaining connection to the animal world. The octopus, dogs, pigs, chameleons, bats, parrots, rats and sugar gliders in their lives extend a measure of compassion and solace that their human communities lack.

Rachel Rose’s finely tuned sense of irony is evident in this collection, which embraces the strange and unexpected, exploring the outer limits of empathy and forgiveness. Her flawed and broken characters, who may range far from readers’ own lived experiences, reveal universal elements of the human condition and the curious redemption of the human-animal bond.


Prize(s): Long-listed Scotiabank Giller Prize (2021) 

“I loved every one of these stories. I wish I had written them.”

–Barbara Gowdy, author of The White Bone

“In The Octopus Has Three Hearts, Rachel Rose has built her own version of Noah’s Ark, filling it not only with a panoply of animals but the damaged people who love them. Rose’s deft, daring, and highly original collection kept me enthralled with its balance of often-violent detail and compassionate storytelling.”

–Kevin Chong, author of The Plague

“What role do animals play in the lives of people? This is the question posed by author Rachel Rose in her bold, unabashed debut short fiction ... these compassionate, skilfully written stories will undoubtedly appeal to animal lovers as well as readers of literary short stories.”

–Bev Sandell Greenberg, Winnipeg Free Press

“...the individual stories are very strong.”

Quill and Quire

“There is a buoyancy to the writing that with humor, insight and surprise carries the reader through stories that range from the magical to gritty realism. Read collectively they tell of a world tilting on its axis and in need of greater empathy and understanding to right itself. A world familiar and yet also defamiliarized in the telling.”

–Karim Alrawi, Los Angeles Review of Books

 


Douglas & McIntyre
ISBN: 9781771622882
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.5 in - 272 pp
Publication Date: 24/04/2021
BISAC Subject(s): FIC029000-FICTION / Short Stories (single author),FIC067000-FICTION / Animals,FIC044000-FICTION / Women 

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The Octopus Has Three Hearts offers dispatches from the margins of human society. These are stories about damaged people who have committed, witnessed or survived terrible acts and who must make their way in an unforgiving world.

From a goat farmer to a suburban adulterer, a violent child to a polyamorous marine biologist, Rose’s diverse characters have little in common except a life-sustaining connection to the animal world. The octopus, dogs, pigs, chameleons, bats, parrots, rats and sugar gliders in their lives extend a measure of compassion and solace that their human communities lack.

Rachel Rose’s finely tuned sense of irony is evident in this collection, which embraces the strange and unexpected, exploring the outer limits of empathy and forgiveness. Her flawed and broken characters, who may range far from readers’ own lived experiences, reveal universal elements of the human condition and the curious redemption of the human-animal bond.


Prize(s): Long-listed Scotiabank Giller Prize (2021) 

“I loved every one of these stories. I wish I had written them.”

–Barbara Gowdy, author of The White Bone

“In The Octopus Has Three Hearts, Rachel Rose has built her own version of Noah’s Ark, filling it not only with a panoply of animals but the damaged people who love them. Rose’s deft, daring, and highly original collection kept me enthralled with its balance of often-violent detail and compassionate storytelling.”

–Kevin Chong, author of The Plague

“What role do animals play in the lives of people? This is the question posed by author Rachel Rose in her bold, unabashed debut short fiction ... these compassionate, skilfully written stories will undoubtedly appeal to animal lovers as well as readers of literary short stories.”

–Bev Sandell Greenberg, Winnipeg Free Press

“...the individual stories are very strong.”

Quill and Quire

“There is a buoyancy to the writing that with humor, insight and surprise carries the reader through stories that range from the magical to gritty realism. Read collectively they tell of a world tilting on its axis and in need of greater empathy and understanding to right itself. A world familiar and yet also defamiliarized in the telling.”

–Karim Alrawi, Los Angeles Review of Books

 

Details


Douglas & McIntyre
ISBN: 9781771622882
Paperback / softback
5.5 in x 8.5 in - 272 pp
Publication Date: 24/04/2021
BISAC Subject(s): FIC029000-FICTION / Short Stories (single author),FIC067000-FICTION / Animals,FIC044000-FICTION / Women