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About meHannah Holborn is the author of FIERCE (McClelland & Stewart, 2008 )

Fierce Reviews:

"Holborn's double high-wire act leaps effortlessly between funny and tragic...(her) visuals are cinematic."--The Globe and Mail

"(Holborn) expertly captures the mishmash of First Nations culture, warmed-over New Age flummery and fast-food franchise creep typical of communities on the last disappearing frontier...treat yourself to (Fierce's) unique mix of irreverence, compassion and horse laughs."--The National Post

"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...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."--The Montreal Gazette

"(Holborn's) collection of varied tales (has) tragedy and violent drama crackling with comedic noir and irony that borders tenderly-spun farce."--North Shore Outlook

"Holborn’s collection of stories is electric with wit and insight. Sassy, sexy, full of willful women, nasty business, a few freaks, some drunks, acts of adultery and abandonment, the voice of God and veins of gold. It’s fierce."--Lisa Moore

"I loved the bizarre worlds created in these stories. Magical, surreal, and yet too real, almost too painful, as the characters grieve, hope, and dream."--Ania Vesenny

"The short stories and final novella in this collection are like backstories to those pictures you run across where something strange and maybe slightly soiled is happening in medias res and you wonder what led up to the moment."--scotchneat.ca

"The stories in “Fierce” contain beautiful writing, offbeat characters, and strange scenarios...there is humanity and honesty in this collection that really makes it work."--Grande Prairie Ink

From the publisher:

Fresh, tough, and thoroughly addictive, this sparkling debut calls to mind the beloved and bestselling works of Miriam Toews and Mark Haddon.

With an irresistible combination of playfulness and empathy, these effervescent, sometimes heartbreaking tales of underachieving adults, unfairly burdened children, and the unaccountably hopeful of all ages explore the unexpected moments of grace in lives that are too often defined by loss.

A punky young woman comes to terms with the accident that took away all of her family except the grandmother who believes she is a bird; an aging prospector—a woman—discovers that a physical "curse" might have been something of a blessing all along. "The Indian Act" is a compact coming-of-age story, charting the journey of boy who, though bounced through many foster homes, holds on to the dream of love and unconditional acceptance, and in the novella "River Rising," three generations in a small town struggle their way toward joy despite the accidents of fate and the foolish mistakes that almost, but not quite, derail their lives.

About my libraryThe oldest book in my library is "A Wrinkle in Time". It belonged to the school where I attended grade six. 'Love' would be the best word to describe what I feel about most of the many books in my library. When it's just 'like' I usually give them away so they'll find an appreciative owner. I read 2-4 books a week--bought & borrowed.

GroupsARC Junkies, Book Listers UNITE!, Canadian Bookworms, Writer-readers

Favorite authorsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Margaret Atwood, Augusten Burroughs, Katherine Dunn, Dave Eggers, Nathan Englander, Michel Faber, Jonathan Safran Foer, Neil Gaiman, Camilla Gibb, David Guterson, Mark Haddon, Elizabeth Hay, Elin Hilderbrand, Alice Hoffman, N. M. Kelby, Sue Monk Kidd, Barbara Kingsolver, Thomas King, Wally Lamb, Madeleine L'Engle, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Daphne du Maurier, Jillian Medoff, Anne Michaels, David Mitchell, R. N. Morris, Andrew Pyper, Tom Robbins, Eden Robinson, Arundhati Roy, Oliver Sacks, Carol Shields, Donna Tartt, Miriam Toews, Leo Tolstoy (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://hannahholborn.ca

LocationBritish Columbia, Canada

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Member sinceApr 30, 2008

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