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Orphans, strays, misfits: Tough tales of the rural dispossessed
Date of Review: 
Jan.17.2009
Published Work: 
Reviewer: 
Ami Sands Brodoff, Freelance
Source: 
The Montreal Gazette

The best stories may be short, but never small; in fact, the ones that move us most deeply embody whole worlds. Such is true of the tough tales in Fierce, the debut collection by British Columbia's Hannah Holborn...Holborn's characters are orphans, strays and misfits, linked by loss and the yearning for family and home, which often prove elusive. Her territory is the Canadian north and rural outposts, forsaken towns peopled by the dispossessed. The sassy grit of her characters and their tenacious humour - wry, raw, even twisted - get them through. Now and then, naked emotion pierces through their stubborn wit, like a shard of glass.