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Faithful and Other Stories

Faithful and Other Stories

By Daniel Karasik

A boy finds a vocation as a weaver of bread. A Russian woman, thought dead, e-mails greetings to her adolescent sister in a Canadian suburb. An investment banker vanishes and is found fifteen years later when his daughter discovers a painting of herself in a distant gallery. With wit and ache, Daniel Karasik's Faithful and Other Stories evokes a world of seekers, characters panning for meaning in environments by turns hostile, mystifying, and enchanted. This collection brings together stories honoured with the CBC Short Story Prize, The Malahat Review's Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for Fiction, and the Alta Lind Cook Prize.


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178 pages |

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Faithful’s strongest selection is its title story, which seems to aspire to Alice Munro territory, leaping across swaths of time and lighting upon hinges in the trajectory of a strange, unmoored existence.

Quill & Quire

Daniel Karasik’s “Witness” explores, with haunting eloquence, various states of isolation, the basic human need for communication, and the value of art in the face of violence … A story of longing in a world peopled with thugs, “Witness,” with its poetic reverberations, will stick with me for a long time.

Judge’s Citation, The Malahat Review’s, Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction


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About the author

Daniel Karasik’s previous books include the poetry collection Hungry, the verse drama Little Death, and two additional volumes of plays. His writing for the stage has been produced across Canada, in the United States, and frequently in translation in Germany. He lives in Toronto.