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The Hour of Bad Decisions

by Russell Wangersky

The Hour of Bad Decisions
Russell Wangersky's characters, caught in a variety of human circumstances, make some outstandingly bad decisions in this first short fiction collection by a prominent Canadian journalist.

This first short fiction collection by a prominent Canadian journalist paints vivid word pictures of the world and on these canvasses superimposes people in all their human imperfections.

Russell Wangersky's characters, caught in a variety of human circumstances, make some outstandingly bad decisions. A labourer enjoys new-found popularity among his co-workers after losing several fingers in a work accident. So, in the face of returning invisibility, he makes a desperate decision. An elderly shut-in chooses to believe the lies of her own life and the world view she absorbs from talk radio. And finds the scapegoats that both those distortions of reality require.

In these stories, some people seem to escape the consequences of their bad decisions, some people wind up being redeemed, and some are left to fates the reader can only imagine.

As a backdrop, often a counterpoint, to these very human struggles, Wangersky paints the most exquisite canvasses with his words. Whether it be landscape or seascape of his native Newfoundland, startling weather, fine woodworking, or the workings of a factory, he presents us with note-perfect descriptions of the often-stunning world in which we imperfect humans live.

That we are capable of making decisions, doing more than acting instinctually, marks us as human among the living creatures of this world. Thus, Wangersky reminds us, even bad decisions can be cause for celebration, of what it means to be human.


5" x 8" 264 pages
18.95 CDN; 16.95 USD
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Fiction Tradepaper Adult
Russell Wangersky
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About the Author

Russell Wangersky is an award-winning non-fiction writer and editor. He has received several National Newspaper Awards, won Prism International's Creative Non-Fiction competition two years running, won Prairie Fire's Creative Non-Fiction competition once, and has been a finalist for many other editorial and writing awards. His short fiction has been published in Prairie Fire and Grain. The Hour of Bad Decisions is his first book publication.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Russell Wangersky has lived in Canada since age 3, most of that time in the Maritimes. He received a BA Honours in Philosophy from Acadia University, and currently works as the editor in chief of the St. John's Telegram



Shortlisted, Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards
Shortlisted, Short Fiction category, ReLit Awards
Gold medal, short fiction category, 2007 IPPY Awards
Short-listed for the Danuta Gleed Short Fiction Award
Long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Award
Finalist, Award for Publishing, Saskatchewan Book Awards
Finalist, Canada & the Carribean Region, Best First Book, Commonwealth Writers' Prize
Finalist, Excellence in Writing, Winterset Award
Finalist, Finalist, Short Stories, ForeWord Magazine

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