Up, Up, up

Up, Up, up

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Book - 2011
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Up Up Up heralds the arrival of a writer of astonishing range, compassion, and acuity. In this stunning short story collection, Julie Booker grabs the reins from writers like Lydia Millet and Miranda July and takes off at full speed, and in directions all her own.

A pair of plus-sized friends make tracks for a kayaking trip in Alaska. A woman vacations with her parents at a Texas trailer park, wondering why she can't meet a man. A worldly member of a tour group selects sacrifices from among the most cherished belongings of her fellow travellers. A young man dreams of rescuing an abusive friend's girlfriend -- and of having her for himself...

Through these deceptively simple storylines, Booker reminds us of the power of words to enlighten and move us -- but most of all, to delight us. Her writing is a revelation -- wildly whimsical and yet razorsharp, highly unusual and yet prompting gasps of recognition on every page. Reader, prepare to meet your new favourite writer.

Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780887843006
Branch Call Number: FICTION BOO
Characteristics: 219 p. ; 21 cm.

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So far this collection of short stories is "so-so" - the most memorable one being about a woman experiencing a Christian church service. I was not really that happy with this book. The subject matter, the topics, ultimately I would not recommend this book aside from this: borrow the book and read it to see if you like or enjoy it.

debwalker May 09, 2011

"King Tut's tomb is a disappointment," says the narrator of Julie Booker's story "Death on the Nile," and it's a sentiment that pretty much encapsulates one of the main themes of this debut collection. Booker's characters travel to the corners of the earth in search of transformation, only to discover that wherever they go, they're still hauling all their baggage."
Kerry Clare, Quill & Quire

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