Set in locales and time periods as varied as nineteenth century England, contemporary Spain, and postwar Alberta, these five stories and two novellas introduce us to characters whose obsessions occupy the borderlands between fantasy and reality. In the title story, the half-black grand-daughter of slaves becomes an exotic dancer in New York during WWI and develops a passion for goldfish.
“In this collection [Patricia Robertson] offers stories that draw you in and make you forget about time: a rare gift.”—Geist
“These are sudden, magic trips, almost note-perfect, the kind of stories that are long enough to give a sense of the people inside, while leaving you almost wistful, wanting to know even more about where they will go once the stories end.”—Russell Wangersky, Women’s Post
“The lingering power of her prose resides in her original vision, intriguing characters and sophisticated craft.”—National Post