Any Given Power is peopled with deftly drawn characters who puzzle through their lives in cities and small towns across Canada. In twelve perfectly formed stories that “open to the universal like a beautiful dark rose” (Globe & Mail), York turns her courageous stare to the haunting and bewildering pull of desire, contemporary racism and poverty, the family, with all its impossible circles and affections, and the multitude of injuries, losses, and moments of grace that define us.

1999 Journey Prize; 1999 Bronwen Wallace Award; 2000 Mary Scorer Award For Best Book By A Manitoba Publisher

Part of our Literary Collection.

Subject Fiction/Short Stories
Published October 1999
Price $16.95 CDN
Pages 176 pp (Paper)
Dimensions 5″ × 7.75″ × 0.5″
ISBN-10 189403709x
ISBN-13 9781894037099

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About the Author

Alissa York has lived all over Canada and now makes her home in Toronto with her husband, writer/filmmaker Clive Holden.

York’s award-winning short fiction has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, and in the collection, Any Given Power, published by Arbeiter Ring Publishing in 1999. Her first novel, Mercy, published by Random House Canada in 2003, was a Canadian bestseller. Dutch, French and US editions have appeared since.

York’s new novel, Effigy, was published by Random House Canada in April, 2007, and was short-listed for the Giller Prize. International rights to the book have sold in Holland, Italy, France and the US.