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Tales of Whoa


Tales of Whoa

Young, Victoria (2014) Tales of Whoa. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Tales of Whoa is a collection of short stories that explores themes of: disappointment; sexual and emotional dissatisfaction; fidelity; and a person’s right to define her own terms of happiness. The stories themselves attempt to move between the comic, the tragic, and the fairy-tale hopeful. The narrator is a thirty-something, female writer whose passion and intellect are often at war with one another as she struggles to find a happy balance in life. Feminist and fallible, the narrator navigates some of life’s trickiest relationship dilemmas in a humorous and accessible manner. In these stories, a woman leaves an unsatisfactory relationship; a writer tries to pinpoint the essence of man while she searches for her own happiness; a first date explores what happens when people ignore their own short comings; a girl’s first sexual experiences are recounted; a woman struggles with the idea that her boyfriend is trying to kill her with food (or love); advice is given for how to have a fake affair with a real celebrity; a woman experiences her own version of a modern day fairy-tale. Each story highlights a moment of illumination, or epiphany, where the narrator realizes something profound about herself or the men in her life. It is a book, gritty and often explicit, that seeks to pull off the veil of embarrassment that covers discussions of sex, and to present things just as they are: awkward; messy; beautiful.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Young, Victoria
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Date:April 2014
ID Code:978477
Deposited On:26 Jun 2014 20:47
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:46
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