oldcharliebrown (oldcharliebrown) wrote,

Review: Northwest Passages, Barbara Roden

"Northwest Passages by Barbara Roden: a virtuoso debut collection of ten stories from the industrious co-founder and editor of British Columbia's splendid Ash-Tree Press. Roden knows the literature as well as anyone currently writing, and pays fine homage to it in such deftly woven stories as a replete reimagining of Victorian England's notorious Constance Kent murder case ("After"), a grim new wrinkle on the serial-killer theme ("The Palace"), and a tale of ill-fated Antarctic exploration ("Endless Night") that combines wrenching emotional force with who-blew-out-that-candle vicarious terror."

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