The 16 stories in this collection capture turning points in the lives of characters who have migrated to the city, and ended up -- as everyone inevitably does -- on Brunswick Avenue. A restaurateur in "The Garden" collects look-alike waitresses but discovers that, as one, they resist his advances. In "Responding to Pain," a woman rescues a suicidal friend, only to realize that she is angry enough to kill her. And in "Brunswick Avenue," a writer comes to understand that her neighbourhood is provisional, and in its draft stages, like her life. Infused with Govier’s magical ability to conjure time and place, Fables of Brunswick Avenue is about starting out, and starting over.
Katherine Govier’s most recent novel, The Ghost Brush, was published in the United States as The Printmaker’s Daughter, and in translation in Romania, Spain, Quebec, and Japan. Her novel Creation was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has won the Marian Engel Award and the Toronto Book Award, and has twice been nominated for the Trillium Book Award. The author of twelve previous books, Katherine Govier divides her time between Toronto, Ontario, and Canmore, Alberta.