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Cormorant/DCB Spring 2018

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This One Because of the Dead
By (author): Laure Baudot
9781770865143 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Apr 27, 2019
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.13 x 7.63 x 0.5 in | 192 gr 240 pages Cormorant Books

Laure Baudot’s This One Because of the Dead is a collection of stories about the power of what goes unsaid – of the truths people keep hidden from each other, which guide their relationships and their decisions in unexpected ways.

A former ballet dancer and her boyfriend who is about to scale Mt. Everest struggle with the contradictions between what they want from life and what they need from each other.

A man on a business trip in Tokyo navigates culture shock as well as the muddy waters of life back home.

An ex-babysitter, called to testify against one of her former clients, recalls her own complicated history with him.

Laure Baudot is an author and martial artist. With Toronto as her base, she has travelled the world with her adventurous husband and three children. Her work has been published in various literary journals. including The Danforth Review, The Fertile Source, Found Press, and Prairie Fire.

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"Laure Baudot's prose is exquisite, patient, and sophisticated." - Sarah Selecky, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated This Cake is for the Party

"Laure Baudot's moving stories have you simultaneously looking in the rear-view mirror and white-knuckling the arm rest while the narrative races down twisting roads, the moral speedometer tracking wildly between zero and 100." - Margaret Webb, author of Older, Faster, Stronger

“What a pleasure to discover the perceptive and intelligent short stories of Laure Baudot. With affectionate, precise detail, she writes about flawed characters –- of different ages at different stages in different settings -- whose relationships are out of alignment for such a variety of reasons that no story resembles another and yet the collection holds together beautifully. Truly engaging.”

- Isabel Huggan, author of The Elizabeth Stories, You Never Know, and Belonging

"Baudot's straightforward prose paints a candid picture of the pivotal moments in her characters' lives."

- Jessica Young, Quill & Quire

"A fierce, bright new voice. Baudot's stories tackle the treachery of self-deception with a cruel, contemporary panache." - Susan Swan, author of The Dead Celebrities Club and The Western Light

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