Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Oxygen by Annabel Lyon

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Oxygen by Annabel Lyon

McClelland & Stewart, 2003

Annabel Lyon is one of the country’s most electrifying new literary voices. Written in tough, crystalline prose, these stories explore our need by turns to connect with the people around us, to pull back, to reach out again. When a struggling businessman adds an Adults Only section to his video store, he inadvertently gives his put-upon sister-in-law another chance at happiness. A baffled father does his best to understand the anxiety that keeps his thirteen-year-old daughter awake at night. The facts surrounding a murder become a tangle of contradictions when three teenagers each tell their side of the story. A man’s lifelong devotion to the girl abandoned to his care is not enough to save her from herself. As Lyon bravely delves into the gulf between what is said and what is left unsaid, she reveals to us the awkward and familiar gestures we use to fill our lives.

Annabel Lyon’s first book of fiction, Oxygen, a collection of short stories, was published to wide acclaim. Her short fiction has appeared in Toronto Life, The Journey Prize Anthology, and Write Turns: New Directions in Canadian Fiction. She is also a frequent contributor to the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail. In addition to creative writing, Annabel Lyon has studied music, philosophy, and law. She lives in Vancouver, where she writes full time.