All the Voices Cry by Alice Petersen

By Alice Petersen

WINNER OF THE QWF FIRST booklet PRIZE

“Alice Petersen writes as eloquently in regards to the flora and fauna as she does in regards to the international of human emotion and hope. this can be a clever and bold selection of stories.”—David Bezmozgis, writer of The unfastened World

Alice Petersen's All the Voices Cry is masterful and potent—incredibly pleasant for a reader.

— Kathleen iciness, writer of Annabel

An academic’s spouse, suffering to maintain together with her husband’s quest to discover a long-dead author’s Tahitian love-garden, realizes that her personal notion of paradise not contains her husband. An architect goals of slim redheads, Champlain’s astrolabe, and a broom with mortality—and reveals at the least the latter at Danseuses 7 Jours. An aged guy forums a trans-Pacific flight in an try to elude the prediction of a psychic, in simple terms to appreciate too overdue how the prophecy has formed his actions.

In All the Voices Cry, glossy existence collides with all of the outdated pushes and pulls: urban and nation, the worldwide and the neighborhood, the precise and the true. Petersen’s characters chase the mirage of get away, and are cited demanding by way of truth. it is a ebook rooted in panorama, tangled within the brambles of non-public historical past, and it introduces in Alice Petersen a wondrous new voice that's yours to discover.

Alice Petersen is a author and critic whose paintings has been shortlisted for various Canadian prizes and awards. She used to be born in New Zealand and now lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.

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The baby’s mom saw and collected her from 13 HUNTRESS me. “It’s getting cold,” she said. I didn’t argue, though I don’t think I had shivered because I was cold. When I got to school in the morning, my life had definitely improved. Suddenly my two friends and I had more company at lunch. They liked that. I did, too. I didn’t exactly like it when, at the next meet, Coach pulled me out to run with the juniors and seniors. “You started this, you finish it, Corey,” she muttered as she changed my place in the lineup.

Brenna watched as her arms and then the rest of her was enveloped in a white pattern that looked like wickerwork. Nadia held a palm-sized green scarab against the center of Brenna’s chest and wrapped it there, continuing the pattern. Brenna felt its weight. Trust Nadia to make even this beautiful: everything she did came out like art. How had Brenna found such a great friend? Nadia had sat next to her in the cafeteria on her first day at school. ” Nadia had asked, and Brenna had showed Nadia one of the reasons she usually sat alone: she had a whole avocado from the organic market.

I wouldn’t be alone anymore. I wouldn’t be weird, or strange. I’d belong, not as a happy outsider, like Mom and her family, but as a happy insider, smooth and tan and laughing, like my dad and his new family. As choices went, this one was easy. So I was there, the night of the full moon, dressed to run, but dressed for Felix, too, in a black tank top and running shorts that hugged what I had. I thought about leaving my crescent pendant at home, but left it on. How many people knew what it was anymore?

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