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Great Adventures for the Faint of Heart

  • Publication Date: September 13, 2021
  • ISBN: 9781988298900 / 1988298903
  • 240 pages; 5¼" x 8"

Winner of the 2022 Canadian Jewish Literary Award

Masterful, hopeful stories about ordinary people taking small, bold steps into the unknown

These ten compelling and delightful stories highlight ordinary people, introverts, mostly living quiet lives—until they take the chance to leap toward small, meaningful adventure. A young woman is given a painting by Picasso by her stepfather, and she must acquire a wall to hang it on. A hippie family picks up a cello-playing hitchhiker who convinces them to get a television. And a man winds up taking his girlfriend’s son on a road trip—an unexpected expedition for them both.

Filled with a sense of hope, these stories explore the tangled bonds of family and the complex web that holds them together. Cary Fagan is an undisputed master of the short story, and Great Adventures for the Faint of Heart is a brilliant and warm collection that expands our acceptance of human frailty and our unpredictable capacity for change.

Praise for Great Adventures for the Faint of Heart

“. . . the more genial stories of Cary Fagan’s Great Adventures for the Faint of Heart do not run toward strong action or even great epiphanies. Still, more than many writers, Fagan, particularly in ‘Bear Stories’ and ‘Laughing Heir,’ is able to wrest something valuable from everyday life.” UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO QUARTERLY

Praise for Cary Fagan

“Enchanting short stories of astonishing breadth.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Endearingly human. There is humour in these stories, pathos, and great yarn telling. Remarkable narrative gifts.” TORONTO STAR

“A natural storyteller.” QUILL & QUIRE

“A reminder of what the sinews of short fiction are all about.” NATIONAL POST

“Each story contains the emotional resonance of a novel. The best of what short fiction can do.” EVENT

Canadian Jewish Literary Award, 2022 (winner)

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