Author Rebecca Babcock will be holding a book launch for her collection of linked short stories, "Every Second Weekend," on Wednesday at Sweet Hereafter on Quinpool Road. Babcock holds a PhD from Dalhousie University and works at Saint Mary's University as department secretary of the Political Science faculty. She has had her short stories published in Fait AcComplit and Room of One's Own.
The collection consists of nine narratives:
"We come to know Katie’s brother Michael, her feckless father, her half-brother Kent, in a family saga of tragedy and disappointment, of growing estrangement and isolation. As though mirroring this inner emotional landscape, the setting is a Canada of far distances, stunted forests, remote cabins, transitory accommodations. Both Katie and Liz must finally make choices about commitment, escape, desire and dignity. There are no easy answers in this austere tale, but a sense of the values of maturity and intelligence affirmed." (Blaurock Press)