The Flesh So Close


In a similar vein to Directions for an Opened Body,
Kenneth J. Harvey's first book of short stories, this collection explores an intriguing range of honest and intense human longings.

Eloquent, heartbreaking and disturbing, this collection brings wounded beauty, bittersweet humour and commonplace tragedy to light. These twenty stories delve into the strange intimacies that characterize love, hate, and desperation, attentively, hungrily, and with eyes open wide.

"A master builder of solid fiction." -
Telegraph Journal

"Harvey is obviously a writer of prodigious talent." - Globe and Mail

"Harvey's prose dazzles and compels...A formidable presence on the Canadian literary scene. Sheer virtuosity." -
Canadian Book Review Annual





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