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Bats or Swallows by Teri Vlassopoulos

Bats or Swallows by Teri VlassopoulosBats or Swallows is Teri Vlassopoulos’s debut collection of short fiction. The stories are sharp, accurate, at times dark, but told with balance and skill. The innocence and clarity of her narrative voice reveals new and unexpected layers. Vlassopoulos brings readers into her characters’ worlds; making their desires intelligible, showing how they frame their live’s events in terms of abstract superstitions, allowing us to feel what they feel.

About the Author

Teri Vlassopoulos lives and writes in Montréal, Québec. She has been making zines for over ten years and is currently working on a novel. Vlassopoulos’s work first appeared in The Art of Trespassing (Invisible Publishing), Bats or Swallows is her first book.

Praise for Bats or Swallows

The author mixes kitchen-sink realism with elementary philosophy to portray the confusion, betrayal, and longing for escape that are part of young adulthood, but underneath it all is a strain of hope and a belief in the magical. ~ Quill & Quire

Teri Vlassopoulos brings together a collection of deceptively simple but affecting stories in Bats or Swallows. These painfully honest coming-of-age tales take readers into difficult emotional territory. Anyone who ever struggled in their youth will relate to Vlassopoulos’s damaged characters as they fight to find a place in the world. ~ CBC Meet the Authors

A mother recounts the story of her adult son, who makes his living as a stripper. A young woman grapples with her father`s death by drowning in the Aegean Sea by plunging into a swimming pool in Montreal. The stories in Teri Vlassopoulos’s Bats or Swallows are told with grace, wit and a bold and original eye for detail. A debut collection full of delights. ~ Jury comments, Danuta Gleed Award


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