Something’s Burning

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Following on the heels of her critically acclaimed first collection Hot Town and Other Stories, an examination of relationships within communities continues in this new collection of short fiction, Something’s Burning. The twenty-first century speeds ahead with fast-changing ideas about culture and identity, and a new choir of voices are telling their long-suppressed stories. Outdated belief systems are challenged. Society norms and hierarchies crumble. But fresh ideas cause tension between generations, sexes, races and neighbours. The population is at odds about the revised script. Is it the end of misogyny, or the end of men? Is it the end of social injustice or the end of loyalty? Is it the end of discrimination or the end of common sense? Some characters in these stories are oblivious to social change. Some are committed to stopping it. Some are invested in promoting their agendas at all cost. The bumper stickers on pick up trucks in the Foodland parking lot warn you that conflict awaits in the cereal aisle. The spacious landscapes where these stories take place are big enough for many opinions, but small enough to fall back on nostalgic principles. They represent the spectrum of joy and loss, and the author’s enduring love for those who can find a balance between them.

Contributors

Janet Trull

Janet Trull is a freelance writer with a regular column in the Haliburton County Echo. Her personal essays, professional writing in the education field, and short stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Canadian Living Magazine, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly and subTerrain Magazine, among others. She won the CBC Canada Writes challenge, Close Encounters with Science, in 2013 and was nominated for a Western Magazine Award in the short fiction category in 2014. Her first collection of short fiction titled, Hot Town and Other Stories, was released (2016) by At Bay Press to unanimous critical acclaim.
Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price

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A short story about Gerda, Remembrance Day, and the good old days. 10 $1.00

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A short story about Carol, sexual assault, blame, and family. 28 $2.80

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A short story about Sue, driving the bus, and snow days. 14 $1.40

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A short story about Ollie the sea lion, his escape, and a shared connection. 14 $1.40

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A short story about Jo, agoraphobia, and home. 12 $1.20

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A short story about Melba, summer, and love. 41 $4.10

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A short story about the loves and losses of University life. 9 $0.90

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A short story about Rachel., the opera, and nostalgia. 9 $0.90

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A short story about Margaret, her illness, and her son Tristan. 14 $1.40

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A short story about Audrey and the bus for Montreal. 12 $1.20

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A short story about Faye and 7 deaths. 21 $2.10

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A short story about Natalie, Carson the hitchhiker, and the courthouse. 12 $1.20

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A short story about Anna and her Huntington’s Disease. 13 $1.30

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A short story about Margarethe, Lenny the Pastor, and a funeral. 7 $0.70

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A short story about Sandra, family, and the loss of a child. 11 $1.10

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A short story about Mrs. Hannah’s class. 13 $1.30

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A short story about a studio, an accident, and a memorial. 12 $1.20

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A short story about caring for a dying mother, the relationships between siblings, and cleaning out the house. 11 $1.10

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A short story about Frankie and the SunDowner. 12 $1.20

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A short story about the newly transitioned Gloria, her wife Patty, social change and expectations. 10 $1.00

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A short story about Horace Bell,  buying a home someone died in, a cat named Charlie, and spontaneous combustion. 9 $0.90

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A short story about the treatment of the homeless, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and movement. 22 $2.20