This One's Going to Last Forever, Nairne Holtz (Insomniac)

Holtz: A new generation of CanLit

Young Montreal anglophone explores sexuality, finds self, maybe. The novella that makes up the bulk of this short-story collection is Holtz's addition to that particular genre of young CanLit. But the Montreal-based writer doesn't limit herself geographically in the other stories here, with plots spanning from Vancouver to Sudbury right down to Spryfield (and, charmingly, a scene at a Lunachicks show in the Montreal story). Holtz's writing is sharp, with a national focus and look at lesbian and other queer relationships that's reminiscent of Ivan E. Coyote's work. But Holtz's stories are cut frustratingly short by abrupt, non-sequitur endings---signing a lease, a random anecdote about a dog.

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