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Bats or Swallows

In her refreshing short-fiction debut Bats or Swallows, Montreal-based Teri Vlassopoulos has drawn upon her experience in the confessional world of handcrafted zines to create stories that are immediate and personal. In this collection of 11 glimpses into the lives of teenaged girls and young women, Vlassopoulos delivers clean, clear prose and a narrative voice that suggests a close friend sharing her secrets. In spite of the conversational tone, however, the subject matter can sometimes veer into unexpected and challenging directions.

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