University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: September 2017
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: Canadian Literature / Short Stories
Subject(s): FICTION / Short Stories (single author), Philosophy, Modernist Studies, Canadian Literature / Short Stories
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Myrl Coulter. Myrl Coulter is the author of two award-winning books: A Year of Days (UAP) and The House With the Broken Two (Anvil Press). She lives in Edmonton.

[T]he vividness of Coulter’s hard-luck characters and their situations commands attention. For the second half, Coulter changes tracks with two longer stories that experiment with tone, structure, and perspective. “The Smart Sisters” is a rollicking depiction of three struggling sisters.... “Limbo,” narrated by a “reluctant haunter” divided into six captivating tales that recount the decades after his death for those close to him. Gentle, comic, and uplifting, the story’s craft perfectly complements its humanity and skillfully closes this promising collection." [Full review at]

Publishers Weekly

# 1 on Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers list, September 24, 2017

“… this collection reads a bit like a mystery novel with subtle connections between characters and stories…told intriguingly and effectively…”

Breanna Mroczek, Avenue Magazine

The way Coulter uses the short story medium to loosely tie the collection together adds an enthralling quality... Coulter wanted to showcase that the things which tear us apart — depression, anger, death, suicide — are seldom talked about, or even written about... The Left-Handed Dinner Party ends on a note of fleeting happiness that alludes to a place of resolution." [Full article at]

Enrique Marroquin, The Gateway

ISBNs: 9781772123289 978-1-77212-328-9 Title: the left-handed dinner party and other stories