Close Calls:  Cormorant Books, 1991

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A powerful series of thematically­ linked stories in which girls and young women confront their changing selves.

The stories are grouped chronologically, according to each central character's age. Through growing sexual awareness or abuse, the protagonists attempt to achieve a new way of coping or a new level of understanding through the shaping power of the close call.

Patricia Stone was born in Oshawa and studied and taught in Vancouver. Her short story "Passing On" won the Cross-Canada Writers' Magazine short fiction award and her story "Living on the Lake" has been included in Journey Prize Anthology. She now lives and teaches in Peterborough.

"Aptly titled and skillfully framed, the ten stories of Patricia Stone's Close Calls are linked by an attentive and neatly quirky narrative voice.... Stone maintains the tension between the desire for special, safe places and the curious pull of life's attractions, however threatening."                                                                     --   Donna Dunlop, Books in Canada