SightlinesBook - 2000
Winner, Saskatchewan Fiction Award/Saskatoon Book Award; Saskatchewan Book Awards The thirteen stories in this debut short fiction collection weave together the lives of a cast of characters from the small community of Flat Hill over a thirty-year period from the 1960s to the 1990s. Leona Theis uses flashbacks within stories, revisits characters at more than one time in their lives, and has main characters in one story appear as bit players in another, all to build a complex portrait of a group of people who share a single point of departure - Flat Hill. Relationships and friendships thrive or wither, children grow up and move away to the city, seniors pass on, and time moves everyone relentlessly forward - whether they want to go or not. "No matter how accomplished and subtly rewarding each story in Sightlines is, what is finally most remarkable about this book is how the individual stories fit together, demonstrating that in Leona Theis's case the whole really is far greater than the sum of its parts. A very promising debut by a very talented writer."-Guy Vanderhaeghe
Publisher: Regina, Sask. : Coteau, 2000.
Branch Call Number: THE
Characteristics: 274 p.
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