Imprint:Breakwater Books - St. John's
Dimensions:8in x 5.25 x 0.7 in | 500 gr
Page Count:216 pages
***2022 BMO WINTERSET AWARD – FINALIST***
***2022 ATLANTIC BOOK AWARDS: ALISTAIR MACLEOD PRIZE FOR SHORT FICTION – SHORTLIST***
***2022 NL BOOK AWARDS, FICTION – FINALIST***
***2023 NL READS – FINALIST***
***TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2021, THE TELEGRAM***
Warm, funny, and stylistically savvy, these stories follow an interlocking set of characters and the people they love.
Characters weave their way in and out of The Love Olympics, a collection of short fiction set in St. John’s. The book is about various forms of love—the ways love grips us, shakes us, releases or envelops us. The stories are smart, witty, funny, warm, and surprising; they capture the preoccupations of characters from different generations who are closely or only tangentially connected to one another. This collection explores people’s aspirations, fears, and vulnerabilities; their generosity and desire for connection; their willingness to see past flaws and appreciate other human beings in all their complexity.
Claire Wilkshire is a writer, editor, translator and teacher living in St. John’s with her husband, writer Larry Mathews. They have two adult children. Maxine (2013) is Claire’s first novel. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Grain, the New Quarterly, Event, and the Fiddlehead. She’s a founding member of the Burning Rock writing group.
"The Love Olympics is jubilant, funny, true, generous, and so replete with nuance and finely calibrated explosions of what love can be or do or feel like, over lifetimes or in the moment, that it will make you tear up, sigh with expanding insight, burst open with laughter, and just generally experience how very great stories can move us, entertain us, and make us feel recognized and seen. Here, a mastery of style and depth of character are linked in a pinkie swear, or a contact sport, or anything else which is full of promise, lifelong friendship, some hurt and tenderness. Claire Wilkshire's stories are propulsive, sexy, and all too human."- Lisa Moore
"An all-encompassing take on love [...] Wilkshire approaches each short story with authentic experiences that encourage readers not to put the book down."- Abigail Dawn, TEAGAL Lifestyle
"Claire Wilkshire’s situations are the domestic and quotidian human intersections and interactions, richly textured and wryly observed. There’s a patina of years of association and care, and sparks of unexpected synchronicity. [...] Wilkshire’s writing has wit and muscle and heart." - Joan Sullivan, The Telegram
"A pleasant and humorous collection about love in all forms that follows a set of characters in a community in St. John's, Newfoundland. I absolutely adored this collection!"- Bookalong
"Alors que certaines personnes croient qu’il n’existe qu’une forme d’amour, pour d’autres il y en a deux, trois ou dix. Dans The Love Olympics, Claire Wilkshire cherche à en explorer le plus possible. [...] N’importe quel lecteur ou lectrice peut se reconnaître dans ce livre, car The Love Olympics raconte les histoires de résidents et de résidentes de la ville de St. John’s de milieux vastement différents."- Rose Avoine-Dalton, Le Gaboteur
“If David Hebert’s prose is excellent and Amber MacMillan’s stories are fresh and original, Claire Wilkshire’s writing is relatable and funny. When the very first story was called 'Mothers' and the first line was 'On Labour Day weekend, mothers across the country mobilize,' I knew I was going to like this book. […] These story collections each have their strengths and I loved them all – the jury has a tough decision to make.”- Naomi McKinnon, Consumed by Ink
“Wilkshire demonstrates a virtuoso command of her narrative art: gradually revealing the details of the characters’ lives, seamlessly shifting points of view, and making skilful use of flashbacks and asides to provide a window into the hopes, fears and aspirations that mark each of these women as indelibly individual.
Wilkshire’s stories pulsate with the rhythms of everyday life. Her characters find pleasure in simple acts, in getting things done and seeking connection with others. These are stories of people willing to make themselves vulnerable by expressing their love for another human being.”- Ian Colford, The Antigonish Review