Paige Cooper (Author)

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$14.95  $13.75
Publish Date
April 17, 2018
5.0 X 0.9 X 7.9 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Paige Cooper was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains. Her stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, West Branch, Michigan Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast Online, Canadian Notes & Queries, The New Quarterly, Minola Review, and Cosmonauts Avenue, and have been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and Best Canadian Stories. She lives in Montreal.



"The consensus newcomer of the year." --Montreal Gazette

"[A] spikily surreal debut collection...vivid, complex...brilliant." --Library Journal (starred review)

"[A]cross fourteen stories Cooper builds strange, genre-defying, sci-fi- and fantasy-infused realities that are distinctly her own. Truly, they're like nothing else you've read lately." --Toronto Star

"A timely exploration of love and humanity...urgent and energetic." --Winnipeg Free Press

"One of this year's most adventurous and technically accomplished debuts ... Cooper appears almost frighteningly assured in her approach and execution. The author wields language like a finely tuned instrument." --Quill & Quire Book of the Year citation

"...Raw talent and breathtaking writing. Zolitude is a book of short stories that demand to be read slowly like poetry, each image being at once perplexing and containing prisms of meaning. Cooper's portraits of young women and the way their bodies merge their identities with one another and are at once invisible and present in every object they touch are so wonderful. Cooper's descriptions of lost girls in foreign lands are reminiscent of the melancholy meanderings of Jean Rhys, but are wholly new." --Jury Citation for the 2018 Danuta Gleed Literary Award

"Cooper has a keen eye for the quirks of human behavior." --Publishers Weekly

"Each of Zolitude's fourteen stories explores intimacy as a basic need and the ways love can be articulated, perceived, and frustrated. The result is a collection that is often astonishing and occasionally crests the extraordinary." --The Walrus

"Rarely have love stories seemed less cliché and predictable...tenderness and violence and doom are so densely layered as to deliver the affective impact of a novel...these stories are so well made, so viscerally moving, I often found the need to take a break between them to recover. "--Quill & Quire (starred review)

"Cooper proves that she can do just about anything. She's as comfortable telling a story from the perspective of a hip young record-label employee... whose hand is blown off by a mail bomb ('Ryan & Irene, Irene & Ryan') as she is telling the story of a mounted police officer who lives on the edge of loss and violence ('The Emperor') ... Readers willing to give themselves over to some mystery will be rewarded." --Kirkus

"Zolitude is Cooper's first short story collection, but it reads like the work of a far more seasoned writer. Her stories are painful and wise, ugly and moving, and at their best, reveal uncomfortable truths about human connection and its limits ... With each opening paragraph, she pitches us into a new atmosphere, full of gorgeous detail and emotional rawness, a world that feels too real to be a fantasy, or perhaps just fantastic enough to be real." --Montreal Review of Books

"When I read a Cooper story, "Vazova on Love" for example, I feel I have been transported into a strange country, a puzzling one, sensuous and potentially hostile, and I know she will reveal something to me if I stay very focused." --André Forget

"Exhilarating." --Calgary Herald

"Daring, endlessly inventive, cryptic, sometimes eerie...By eluding our grasp time and time again, Cooper's stories challenge us to put aside our misgivings, to follow their lead, to forget how we think fiction should behave and give ourselves over to something unapologetically strange and disquieting...Weird, unsettling fiction may be nothing new, but rarely do we encounter a writer who renders their peculiar creative universe with such clarity and confidence." --The Antigonish Review

"Paige Cooper's finely-crafted debut collection...crackles and spits with intelligence. Cooper has honed a style that lends itself to unusual, crystalline landscapes.... Even worlds that are familiar are made strange in [her] lucid imagination." --The Arkansas International

"As strange and wonderful as the characters in these pages are, they are grounded in real emotion and experience, longing and loneliness." --Open Book

"Paige Cooper's stories screw down into the earth, holding fire in their gaps. Her characters turn zero sum games into bloodsport. Zolitude will not leave you alone." --Sasha Frere-Jones

"Zolitude is the literary equivalent of a non-stop action film. These stories are tough and visceral and fraught. Cooper's characters - sometimes reckless, sometimes tender, always fierce - are breathtakingly fresh and wonderfully complicated. When you finish this book - about how the world marks us and how we mark ourselves - the word 'culpability' will have new meanings. These are worlds that are keenly observed and then forged into the kind of wild and uncompromising stories the times demand." --Aislinn Hunter, author of Stay and The World Before Us

"Cooper's stories feature far-flung worlds, magnified consciousness. This is mesmerizing work.--Tamara Faith Berger, author of Maidenhead