On Sunday the 20th, between 2 and 4pm, Mary Hagey will be in the store to do a book reading. Her latest book, “Castles in the Air”, is a collection of short stories.
This debut short-story collection showcases Mary Hageyâ€™s uncanny ability to capture the essence of being human. These richly satisfying stories, told with wry humour, intelligence, and verve, take us into fictional territory that is at once utterly original and as real as the world around us. These are people we know.
Some of them might have fared better in life if theyâ€™d had different parents perhaps, or married someone else, or worked at pleasing themselves instead of others, or if unforeseen circumstances hadnâ€™t tripped them up and held them back. But now they find themselves caught up in salvaging whatâ€™s been lost or maintaining what seems to be slipping away. Whether itâ€™s a woman on a timely mission to reunite her dying mother with her estranged twin, or a man in a troubled marriage trying to comprehend his wifeâ€™s mysterious grief when Princess Diana dies, or a dropout returning to school far from her Newfoundland home, these characters persevere in ways that illustrate the fundamental courage required of all of us. As they grapple with their situations and try to assert themselves in their lives, theyâ€”and the readerâ€”come to regard their circumstances in a new light, and sense a quiet unfolding of truth.