Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility

Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility

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Set against the divergent landscape of British Columbia -- from the splendours of nature to its immense dangers, from urban grease and grit to dry, desert towns -- Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility examines human beings and their many frailties with breathtaking insight and accuracy.

Th#65533;odora Armstrong peoples her stories with characters as richly various -- and as compelling -- as her settings. A soon-to-be father and haute cuisine chef mercilessly berates his staff while facing his lack of preparedness for parenthood. A young girl revels in the dark drama of the murder of a girl from her neighbourhood. A novice air-traffic specialist must come to terms with his first loss -- the death of a pilot -- on his watch. And the dangers of deep canyons and powerful currents spur on the reckless behaviour of teenagers as they test the limits of bravery, friendship, and sex.

With startling intimacy and language stripped bare, Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility announces the arrival of Th#65533;odora Armstrong as a striking new literary voice.

Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781770891029
Branch Call Number: ARMST
Characteristics: 295 p

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ksoles May 21, 2013

Fresh, startling and eminently relatable, Théodora Armstrong's short stories position an array of human dramas against the backdrop of B.C.'s breathtaking landscapes. An awkward father, whose marriage crumbles in the background, attempts to bond with his moody teenage daughters on a weekend trip; an engaged woman temporarily escapes from her life in Vancouver to visit her aimless sister in the Okanagan; a teenager mourns the loss of her childhood best friend while also losing her own innocence.

"Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility" contains well-crafted, satisfying shorter pieces as well as three impressive longer ones. These include the title story, an intricate, haunting tale about the aftermath of a plane crash. Deftly drawing the reader into the emotional realities of a diverse cast of characters, Armstrong's collection displays multi-faceted talent and evocatively portrays the human condition.

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