Fiction. LGBTQIA Studies. 2017 Foreword INDIES Finalist, Short Stories (Adult Fiction). YOU ARE NOT NEEDED NOW is a brilliant new collection of stories from Annette Lapointe, author of the Giller-nominated novel STOLEN. Often set within the small towns of the Canadian prairies, the stories in YOU ARE NOT NEEDED NOW dissect and examine the illusion of appearances, the myth of normalcy, and the allure of artifice. Lapointe presents characters who are extraordinarily real. They are often strange, vulgar, or messy: collecting blood-stained cotton pads and hairs from shower drains, slicing through skin to get more urgent medical treatment for testosterone withdrawal, storing the heart of a dead infant in a glass jar, kneeling on the dirty wet floors of a bathroom stall to perform oral sex. Despite the diversity, strangeness, and complexity of her characters, Lapointe illustrates a remarkable understanding of each one. She knows them so intimately, and gives her reader the gift of knowing them, too. Lapointe is adept at looking closely, and exposes her characters' faults and vulnerabilities, humiliations and vanities, in illuminating and surprising ways. Trapped in this inescapable place-life-her characters linger somewhere between apathy and obsession, compassion and disregard, conflict and avoidance. This is a bold collection of stories, rich with nuance, originality, and depth.
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Annette Lapointe (she/her) lived in rural Saskatchewan, Quebec City, St John's, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and South Korea before settling in northern Alberta. She now lives in Treaty 8 territory, on the traditional lands of the Beaver people, and teaches English and creative writing at Northwestern Polytechnic.
Her first novel, STOLEN (Anvil Press, 2006), was nominated for a Giller Prize and was the Winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards (First Book Award and Saskatoon Book Award). A Finalist for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, as well as being cited as a Globe & Mail Top 5 First Fiction choice, STOLEN also garnered Lapointe a Canadian Authors Association-BookTV Emerging Writer award. She is the author of two other acclaimed novels (WHITETAIL SHOOTING GALLERY (Anvil Press, 2012) - finalist for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year - and . . . AND THIS IS THE CURE (Anvil Press, 2021)), and a collection of short stories, YOU ARE NOT NEEDED NOW (Anvil Press, 2017). SWIM: INTO THE NORTH'S BLUE EYE (Anvil Press, 2017) is her debut poetry collection.