Stoop City (Paperback)
A sea witch, a bossy Virgin Mary, and a lesbian widow's wife--in ghost form--walk into a short story collection ...
Welcome to Stoop City, where your neighbours include a condo-destroying cat, a teen queen beset by Catholic guilt, and an emergency clinic staffed entirely by lovelorn skeptics. Couples counseling with Marzana, her girlfriend's ghost, might not be enough to resolve past indiscretions; our heroine could need a death goddess ritual or two. Plus, Hoofy's not sure if his missing scam-artist boyfriend was picked up by the cops, or by that pretty blonde, their last mark. When Jan takes a room at Plague House, her first year of university takes an unexpected turn--into anarcho-politics and direct action, gender studies and late-night shenanigans with Saffy, her captivating yet cagey housemate.
From the lovelorn Mary Louise, who struggles with butch bachelorhood, to rural teens finding--and found by--adult sexualities, to Grimm's "The Golden Goose" rendered as a jazz dance spectacle, Kristyn Dunnion's freewheeling collection fosters a radical revisioning of community. Dunnion goes wherever there's a story to tell--and then, out of whispers and shouts, echoes and snippets, gritty realism and speculative fiction, illuminates the delicate strands that hold us all together.
About the Author
Kristyn Dunnion has published six books, including Tarry This Night and The Dirt Chronicles, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Recent fiction appears in Spacing Magazine, Foglifter, and The Tahoma Literary Review. Dunnion earned a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. from the University of Guelph. She has worked as a housing advocate to combat homelessness and as a food security activist in marginalized communities. A queer punk performance artist and heavy metal bassist, Dunnion resides in Toronto. www.kristyndunnion.com