All the Voices Cry by Alice Petersen

By Alice Petersen

WINNER OF THE QWF FIRST ebook PRIZE

“Alice Petersen writes as eloquently concerning the wildlife as she does concerning the international of human emotion and wish. 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 fulfilling 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 comprises her husband. An architect desires of narrow 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 and elude the prediction of a psychic, simply to appreciate too past due how the prophecy has formed his actions.

In All the Voices Cry, glossy existence collides with the entire previous pushes and pulls: urban and nation, the worldwide and the neighborhood, the proper and the genuine. Petersen’s characters chase the mirage of get away, and are stated difficult by means of truth. this can be a e-book rooted in panorama, tangled within the brambles of private heritage, 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 was once born in New Zealand and now lives and works in Montreal, Quebec.

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I w ondered fo r a m om ent. ) T h at is all I can surm ise, all I in fe r about their work. T h e reason for their secrecy resides, I believe, in the C h u rch ’s long history o f persecution, though w ork on an encyclopedia such as this understandably requires a certain discretion if the pressures o f hum an vanity are to be avoided and attem pts at corruption thwarted. N o less am azing than their secret activities, how ever, was their style, an unlikely am algam o f encyclopedic conciseness and biblical eloquence.

A s in m edieval libraries, the books w ere fastened by thick chains to iron rings on the shelves. I did not realize this until I tried to m ove the heavy volum e closer to the light. I was suddenly overcom e with anguish; I felt I had overstayed m y welcom e and M r. C erberus (as I called him) m ight com e and ask me to halt my reading. I th erefore started skim m ing through the p aragrap hs, turn in g the open book, in sofar as the chain would allow, in the direction o f the pale light shed by the lam p.

T h a t girl— as you m ay have guessed— will becom e my m other. I w on’t try to retell it all from m em ory, everything, the way it is record ed and depicted there— the date and m anner o f the betrothal, the traditional w edding w here m oney is no object, the ran ge o f picturesque folkways that w ere part o f that life: it w ould all seem insufficient, fragm entary, com ­ p ared with the original. Still, I can't help m entioning that the text gives a list o f the witnesses and guests, the nam e o f the * 50 * priest who officiated, the toasts and songs, the gifts and givers, the food and drink.

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