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Almond Wine and Fertility by Licia Canton
Longbridge Books
Publication Date: 2008

ISBN: 978-0-9809700-1-2

English: 111 pages

Paperback: $18.00 Canada, US

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Almond Wine and Fertility, a lyrical and moving collection, showcases Licia Canton's ability to craft entire worlds out of just a few pages. The author takes us to places where the fabric of human relations is woven: a bar in Sicily graphically celebrating fertility, a park in east-end Montreal where cultural values clash, a river bank where the course of two young lives is altered, a suffocating sixth-floor apartment with little way out for its occupant… The stories in Almond Wine and Fertility, peopled with characters negotiating between languages and cultures, are imbued with sensitivity and optimism. Set in cities and in suburbia, in Canada and in Italy, these stories explore the subtleties, the humour and the complexity of modern life.

Licia Canton is a Montreal writer and the editor of Accenti Magazine. Her short stories and essays, in English and Italian, have been published in anthologies and journals in Italy, the US and Canada. Almond Wine and Fertility is her first collection of stories. She has also published critical works, including Adjacencies: Minority Writing in Canada (with Beneventi and Moyes, Guernica 2004). She holds a Ph.D. from Université de Montréal. She lives in Montreal with her husband and three children.