Real Life contains ten perfectly In 1985, Sharon Butala’s first collection of short stories, Queen of the Headaches, was nominated for a Governor General’s Award. Her second, Fever, won the 1992 Authors Award for Paperback Fiction and was nominated for a Commonwealth Award. The publication of Real Life, her newest collection, once again shows she is a master of the genre. This collection of short stories was pretty amazing. Sharon Butala is from Saskatchewan, and I loved reading the details about Saskatoon and Saskatchewan events in this book. There were many depictions of strong, prairie women and the struggles that they dealt with, overcame and were forced to confront. Butala is really talented when it comes to tackling dialogue and detail. There was one story about a rape that was extremely difficult for me to read.
In " Light," a woman whose sister is dying an agonizing death from cancer finds a compelling attraction to the stories of Holocaust survivors. In " Real Life," Raine, a middle-aged divorced woman, runs into her former husband- and the still-sharp pain of an affair that changed the course of their lives. Keeping House" tells of a daughter' s impending divorce, forcing her mother to re-examine her own abusive first marriage. An intimate and uplifting book about finding renewal and hope through grief and loss. It was a terrible life; it was an enchanted life; it was a blessed life. And, of course, one day it ended.
Sharon Butala (born Sharon Annette LeBlanc, 1940 in Nipawin, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian writer and novelist. Butala was born in an outpost hospital in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. She was the second of five daughters born to Amy Graham and Achille LeBlanc, who ran a sawmill near Garrick, Saskatchwan. In 1946 her family moved to the French-Canadian town of St. Louis, Saskatchewan, and moved again when she was thirteen years old to the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Like Real Life, Sharon Butala’s newest collection of short fiction, it is a collection of short stories that reveals the secret inner lives of women and men, skillfully peeling back their defenses to expose crystallizing moments of joy, pain, fear and guiltless pleasure. In Fever, a woman whose husband suddenly becomes deathly ill finds herself in the midst of a torrid affair, unable to confront her true feelings about a marriage past its prime. SHARON BUTALA is an award-winning and bestselling author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her classic book The Perfection of the Morning was a bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Fever, a short story collection, won the 1992 Authors’ Award for Paperback Fiction and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best book (Canada and Caribbean region).
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Western American Literature. Megan Riley McGilchrist. Western American Literature. Butala’s is a world in which mistakes are fatal. As nature is relentless, so is personal responsibility. What seem like small miscalculations hold characters in lifelong thrall. As the speaker of the story Real Life states, Isaw what I had always known and denied. That this was real, had always been real, that long ago, the four of us, by doing what we did, met, or made, a fate that would keep us firmly tied to the earth until the gods took pity on us, and finally let us go (12).
Find nearly any book by Sharon Butala. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. ISBN 9780002554022 (978-0-00-255402-2) Hardcover, Phyllis Bruce Books, 2002. Find signed collectible books: 'Real Life'. Saskatchewan: Uncommon Views. by Sharon Butala, David Carpenter, Helen Marzolf. ISBN 9780888644541 (978-0-88864-454-1) Softcover, The University of Alberta Press, 2005.
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