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Winner! 1991 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize

Wild Blue Yonder
by Audrey Thomas
Publisher: Penguin Books

Wild Blue Yonder

This collection of thirteen stories, distinguished by superior prose, sparkles with wit and energy. Writing about the things that keep people together and the things that drive them apart, Thomas considers women as daughters, lovers, mothers, solitary and independent spirits, sick or needy worriers. Though men figure significantly throughout the short narratives, the lives of women are the unifying theme. Many of the tales concern couples from differing cultural backgrounds and, while the subtle forces at play in such unions never overwhelm the issues at hand, they are deployed in small and significant moments that brilliantly evoke the closeness and the distance that can occur simultaneously between people. This is a truly satisfying work. Audrey Thomas lives and works on Galiano Island.