A mariner's guide to self sabotage : stories / Bill Gaston.
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- Short stories. Selections
- Maderia Park, BC : Dougles & McIntyre, 
223 pages ; 22 cm
- Short stories.
- "A Mariner's Guide to Self Sabotage is populated by the lonely and alienated, holders of secrets, members (or would-be members) of shadowy organizations, screw-ups, joyriders and runaways. Architects of their own destruction, Gaston's characters provoke an almost mythic response of simultaneous disbelief and recognition, as they painfully, deliberately, stubbornly carve a path for themselves, questioning every turn. Yet somehow, in spite of themselves, they sometimes manage to stumble into peace and even wisdom. This set of ten cautionary tales showcases Gaston's range and narrative versatility, moving seamlessly from the funny to the poignant to the surprising and absurd. The stories revel in the ironic and contrary, from a vegan working at a fish farm to a man getting his boat fixed the same day he plans to sink it to a man exchanging the keys to his Lincoln for a goat. Gaston has a gift for making ordinary moments feel transcendent, capturing the everyday to such a precise degree that it becomes universal. A Mariner's Guide to Self Sabotage shows how the sublime sometimes reveals itself in the moments most people would rather put behind them."-- Provided by publisher.
Carla's dead wife
Oscar Peterson's warm brown bench
The Church of Manna, Revelator
The return of Count Flatula
Drilling a hole in your boat.
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- Gaston, Bill, 1953-, author. Mariner's guide to self sabotage.
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