Raincoast Books

What Will You Read Next?

Mount Appetite


Raincoast Books
Available: 03/31/02
5.38 x 8
CDN $19.95 · pb

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Bill Gaston

The twelve entertaining stories in this collection are linked by the "Mount Appetite" of the title: the common theme of yearning and seeking, often involving addiction to substances, people and schemes of the heart. The protagonists struggle to satiate their desires by indulging in alcohol and other vices or, alternatively, scorning those who do. The book is marked by Bill Gaston's much-praised dexterity of voice and range of colourful characters, from the illiterate faith healer in New Brunswick to the articulate and illegitimate son of Malcolm Lowry in BC. Here is muscular, award-winning, unpredictable and addictive fiction by a writer of wit, skill and power.

Bill Gaston is the author of Deep Cove Stories, Tall Lives, North of Jesus Beans, Belle Combe Journal, Sex is Red and The Good Body. His poetry and stories have been widely anthologized and have been broadcast on CBC radio. Two half-hour screenplays are currently in production for CBC TV: The New Brunswicker and Saving Eve's Father. He teaches writing at the University of Victoria.