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Rising Abruptly


Gisèle Villeneuve

Fiction, Canadian Studies

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Published: August 2016
ISBN: 9781772122619
Pages: 200 Size: 5.25x9

Lore has it that the jagged little peak reveals itself only when you stand on it. —From "Jagged Little Peak"

Gisèle Villeneuve’s collection of mountain-based stories tests the elastic pull between passion and terror. Featuring daring, risk-taking girls and women, these smartly observed stories explore the myth and the mystery of mountains across the world, and the soaring human emotions evoked by them. A widely published Franco-Albertan writer, Villeneuve turned to her personal history to examine what lures urban dwellers to peaks and valleys. Through stories that play with form, language, and narrative, we discover mountains and women in different moods: enchanting, enigmatic, indifferent, yet utterly compelling. Rising Abruptly is perfect for anyone who climbs, loves a climber, enjoys sports literature, or simply glories in the allure of the mountains.

Montréal-born, Calgary-based Gisèle Villeneuve is a bilingual creative writer working in multiple genres. She has lived in London, England, and has travelled five continents. When not at her desk, she can be found roaming the Rockies.

The seven quirky stories in Gisèle Villeneuve’s new collection, Rising Abruptly, all have mountains at their heart.... The characters’ relationship with mountains evolves throughout the stories, creating an arc that models a romantic relationship: infatuation, the conflict between independence and commitment, and the acceptance of love coupled with death. Rising Abruptly is a literary ode to climbers and the mountains that captivate them, and presents a fascinating portrait of passion for the high peaks.

– Karen Ackland, Foreword Magazine

Sept nouvelles impressionnantes, écrites dans une langue irréprochable, qui donnent — ou ne donnent pas — envie d’affronter les toits du monde.

– Lettres québécoises