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How You Were Born
How You Were Born

How You Were Born

By Kate Cayley, Foreword by Alayna Munce



232 Pages, 5.25 x 8.0

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $20.00 (CA $23.00) (US $20.00)

Publication Date: March 2024

ISBN 9781771668705

Rights: WOR X CA

Book*hug Press (Mar 2024)


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This tenth-anniversary edition of Kate Cayley's award-winning collection includes three new stories.

A young mother intrudes into the life of an older woman, thinking she knows what's best. An academic becomes convinced that he is haunted by his double. Two children spy on their supposedly criminal neighbours. A man enables his cousin's predatory impulses out of loyalty, and a circus performer dreams of a perfect wedding. These characters fail despite their best intentions and continue on despite their failures.

The stories in How You Were Born, each more incisive and devastating than the last, examine the difficult business of love, loyalty, and memory. Sharing the bizarre and tragi-comic of life—whether in present-day Toronto or in small towns of the early 20th century—Cayley champions the importance of connections, even when missed or mislaid, and the possibility of redemption.

Author Biography

KATE CAYLEY is the author of several books, including the poetry book, Lent, and the short story collection, How You Were Born, winner of the Trillium Book Award and shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. She has won the O. Henry Short Story Prize, the Mitchell Prize for Faith and Poetry, and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. She has been a finalist for the K. M. Hunter Award, the Carter V. Cooper Short Story Prize, and the Firecracker Award for Fiction, and been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize and CBC Books Prizes in both poetry and fiction. Cayley lives in Toronto with her wife and their three children.

ALAYNA MUNCE is a writer, editor, and publisher. In 2019, Alayna was named publisher of Brick Books, Canada’s poetry-only press. Though her first love is poetry, she also writes and edits fiction. Her first novel, When I Was Young and In My Prime was nominated for the Trillium Book Award and appeared on the national bestseller list. She lives in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto in a bustling blended family of six.