The Freedom in American Songs

The Freedom in American Songs


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A Library Journal Key Indie Fiction Title, Fall 2014
A Book to Read for October, 2014

Meet Xavier Boland, the untouchable cross-dresser, who walks loose and carefree as an old Broadway tune. Meet Miss Penrice, a lost old woman forced by wartime to parent a child for the first time. Meet a Zamboni mechanic turned funeral porteur, Madame Poirer's lapdog (and its chastity belt), a congregation of hard-singing, sex-obsessed Pentecostals, and more. With The Freedom in American Songs , Kathleen Winter brings her unusual sensuality, lyrically rendered settings, and subversive humour to bear on a new story collection about modern loneliness, small-town gay teens, catastrophic love, and the holiness of ordinary life.

Praise for Kathleen Winter

"Utterly original."-- O, The Oprah Magazine

"Absorbing, earnest. . . . Beautifully written."-- The New York Times Book Review

"Her lyrical voice and her crystalline landscape are enchanting."-- The New Yorker

"Read it because it's a story told with sensitivity to language that compels to the last page, and read it because it asks the most existential of questions. Stripped of the trappings of gender, Winter asks, what are we?" - The Globe and Mail

"She captures the way the truth both imprisons us and sets us free. . . . Simple, touching, real, absolutely convincing and sympathetic."-- The Rumpus

"A major writer."-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Publisher: Windsor, Ontario : Biblioasis, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781927428733
Characteristics: 165 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 19, 2015

This is a wonderful collection of short stories about small town life by Winter.

Oct 28, 2014

Some very strong stories in this book as it progresses - beginning with the Freedom in American songs. I would have included the Marianne stories (the three in Part I) at the end, rather than the beginning, because they are fairly weak.

The description above does just that - skips the Marianne stories and goes right into describing the other stories.

Nice quick reads for whiling away public transport rides.


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