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ISBN: 9781552452585-02


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From: Mad Hope


Dominoes:Maddie, in the a narrative voice of a younger sister, reminisces on her family’s dealing with death and murder. and her older brother Jeremy.

Bye Bye Flangle Nuts:Jeremy learns the news of his Father’s death and returns to his childhood home for the funeral. While his girl friend Rosa does his makeup for the funeral, he reminisces on episodes in his childhood/adolescence, and events leading up to the murder.

Dingbat:From the perspective of Maddie, she reminices back and forth between the period following her father’s death living alone with her mother, and her childhood with her brother and father.



Heather Birrell

Heather Birrell is the author of two short story collections: Mad Hope (Coach House Books, 2012) and I know you are but what am I? (Coach House Books, 2004). Her stories have been shortlisted for both the Western and National Magazine Awards and have appeared in numerous Canadian literary journals. A frequent book reviewer and winner of the Journey Prize, she also works as a high school teacher and a creative writing instructor.