The “all fiction” issue of The Fiddlehead literary journal is packed with an amazing amount of short stories and reviews by authors from all over Canada. I have been working my way through it and I have hit several standout stories: Mrs Flood was Here by Sam Shelstad about a woman trapped in her car by a wolf. Another is Mandrill in Repose by Richard Cumyn, an established master of the short story and novella. He also has a book review of Will, a 2013 book from Shane Neilson.
From Mandrill in Repose:
It wasn’t that being alive was like being sick. It was that life veers off the shining path that stretches ahead of us when we are children. Health was the miracle, being without pain.
Sackville, New Brunswick author Christopher Graham-Rombough contributes The Girl in the Vase for this issue. You can also read an excerpt from Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson online here.
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The Fiddlehead was first established in 1945. For over 70 years, The Fiddlehead has continually upheld its mandate to publish accomplished poetry, short fiction, and Canadian literature reviews; to discover and promote new writing talent; to represent the Atlantic region’s lively cultural and literary diversity; and to place the best of new and established Canadian writing in an international context.