No one paid much attention to Armin Wiebe's writing until he stumbled into the voice of Yasch Siemens, a voice he has riffed off in numerous ways in his Gutenthal novels, the stage play The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz., and in some of the stories in his new book, Armin's Shorts. In less obvious ways, his award-winning novel Tatsea carries his obsession with voices into new territory.
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"Some of Armin Wiebe's finest writing has been about the constrained, measured rural world of the Mennonite farm. In Armin's Shorts, he revisits the people and situations that does so well, and turns the ordinary lives of the men, women, and the children into emotion poetry. The stories will make you laugh to tears and cry real tears, often in the same sentence. This is a body of work, comprising everything from the mournful to the hilarious.

The characters are clumsy in love, awkward socially, and achingly sincere. Except when they're not. There's real anger and pain in these stories, and Armin manages to make heartbreak and yearning so damned attractive. I don't think Barn Dance will ever leave me.

As a bonus, there are a handful of stories of the First People in the tradition of Wiebe's novel Tatsea, and they're as touching and enraging as they are beautiful to read. Wiebe's a master of character moving lightly and artfully between worlds with such skill as to be seamless.

Armin Wiebe is a national treasure and I am heista kopp in love with this book." - Susie Moloney, author of The Thirteen and Things Withered
The latest book: Armin's Shorts
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