Book details

Publication date: August 2023
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: Short Fiction; Literary; Realist; Trauma; Loss; Loyalty; Betrayal; Unresolved grief; Relationships; Siblings; Families; Love; Outdoor adventure; Camping; Canoeing; Skating; Youth; Shifting perspective; Violent events; Sexual Abuse; Suspense
Subject(s): FICTION / Short Stories (single author), Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Short Fiction, FICTION / Literary, FICTION / Women, Short stories, Modern and contemporary fiction: general and literary, Narrative theme: Love and relationships, Short Stories, Literature, Short Fiction; Literary; Realist; Trauma; Loss; Loyalty; Betrayal; Unresolved grief; Relationships; Siblings; Families; Love; Outdoor adventure; Camping; Canoeing; Skating; Youth; Shifting perspective; Violent events; Sexual Abuse; Suspense, Short Stories / Canadian Literature
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Astrid Blodgett. Astrid Blodgett is a short story writer from Edmonton / amiskwaciwâskahikan. Her work has appeared in The Journey Prize Anthology, Meltwater: Fiction and Poetry from the Banff Centre for the Arts, and many Canadian literary magazines. She was short-listed for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story, and her first collection, You Haven’t Changed a Bit, was long-listed for a ReLit Award, a runner up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and a finalist for the High Plains Book Award for Short Stories.

“This Is How You Start to Disappear is for readers who revel in stories told with both skill and passion, stories with twists, stories without ready resolutions.” Rona Altrows, author of At This Juncture


"In these precisely paced and deceptively dark stories, Astrid Blodgett sweeps out the dust bunnies of contempt and devastation from the junk drawers of her characters’ family homes. These stories do what short stories do best: every word flexes its muscles, every detail teeters on an iceberg of deeper meaning. This Is How You Start To Disappear is a complex and satisfying compilation of unsteady bridge crossings between our childhood and adult selves." Susan Sanford Blades, author of Fake It So Real


“This collection is an intimate embrace of the moments and memories that define us. With pitch perfect prose and heaps of tension, Blodgett pierces so deep into her characters’ hearts and minds you feel as if you breathe their same air. Beautifully imagined and bursting with compassion, every story is a stunner!” Fran Kimmel, author of The Shore Girl and No Good Asking


“With compassion and acute observation, Astrid Blodgett writes about events, large and seemingly small, that can change the trajectory of a life. Familial fractures spread like cracks in winter ice as Blodgett investigates those moments that divide her characters’ lives into “before” and “after,” whether they are loyalty tests one sister demands of another or a father so preoccupied with his new relationship that he can’t see his young daughter’s struggles at a skating party. At times, Blodgett’s characters recognize a life-changing event only after it has swept past them, but the reverberations will be felt for decades to come. These finely wrought, multigenerational stories pivot around such moments, as ordinary working people cope with the unexpected tragedy and dislocating circumstances of their unfolding lives.” Rachel Rose, Giller-longlisted author of The Octopus Has Three Hearts


“Readers will enjoy Astrid Blodgett’s new collection of short stories. Her characters, plots, and incidents have originality and she engages with contemporary social problems, giving psychological depth to the stories.” Michael Trussler, University of Regina


“Astrid Blodgett explores intimate relationships, with a focus on family drama and trauma, in 12 absorbing new short stories. As adults, a brother and sister recall the summer that spelled the end of their parents’ marriage. Teen girls at summer camp play a dangerous game that ends in tragedy. And a woman who has already suffered a full share of heartbreak and disappointment in life hits a breaking point when she makes a birthday cake for her granddaughter and the kid’s mother scrapes off the homemade icing and piped-on flowers.” Pat St. Germain, Edmonton Journal, August 12, 2023


#5 on Edmonton Bestsellers list, September 3, 2023


#8 on Edmonton Bestsellers list, September 10, 2023


#1 on Edmonton Bestsellers list, September 17, 2023

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