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By Jim Oaten

Dodging down back-alleys in bomb-torn Beirut. Wheeling previous God and site visitors in Mombassa, Kenya. Slipping round the edges of Alzheime's disorder, the Gulf conflict, and the eternity of CNN.

Set someplace among the following and the heat-death of the universe, Jim Oaten's debut assortment serves up random samples of literal and literary fact scooped up at best pace. even if peeking out from the backseat of mother and Dad's automobile or surveying the dirty wings of psychological wards, Accelerated Paces hurdles that uneasy terrain among artistic truth and sincere fiction. those brief tales and items forget about borders as they jaunt thorough exterior journeys and inner voyages.

This is either artistic non-fiction and inventive fiction, which follows the belief of crossing limitations and blurring borders. This assortment is an specific demonstration of ways the 2 genres interaction, of the way a non-fiction occasion can motivate a fictional piece, and, apparently sufficient, the opposite as well.

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He shrugs. “Suit yourself,” then plugs himself into the seat-back monitor and the fraudulent brogue of Shrek. Constant armrest hopping aside, the Scot’s been pretty good as drunks go. Decidedly not garrulous, thank god, except for a short stint of chitchat after the first few beers. , and I established my Scottish credentials, explaining that my mom and dad were from Sauchie and Rothesay respectively. A faint air of disapproval emanated from him at the mention of my father’s hometown, Rothesay, a place that spent a fair bit of its recent history as a resort destination.

It’s growing dark as Sinatra signs off “… in my heart you will remain. My stardust melody. ” My father snaps on the headlights. “Sheena, give me a cigarette. ” “I don’t have any. ” “You opened a carton this morning. ” I can see the moon rising, balanced above the crimson farewell of a dying sun. Beside me, my brother’s struggles to free himself from the hated seat, always heated, become Herculean. A tiny hand bashes against my shoulder. I turn and sneer. ” His face is blue. ” Wary eyes widen in the rearview, and the car slams to a stop.

ISBN 978-1-895636-93-2 I. Title. 6 C2008-904947-0 Printed and bound in Canada Cover design: Derek von Essen Interior design & typesetting: HeimatHouse Author photo: Gavin Lynch Represented in Canada by the Literary Press Group Distributed by the University of Toronto Press The publisher gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP), the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.

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