Shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award
The innocence and clarity of Teri Vlassopoulos’s narrative voice reveals new and unexpected layers. The characters in these stories look for signs and omens as they attempt to understand events in their lives by framing them in abstract superstitions. The stories in Bats and Swallows are sharp, accurate, told with balance and skill.
Teri Vlassopoulos is the author of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award-nominated short story collection Bats or Swallows and the novel Escape Plans. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Room Magazine, Little Fiction, The Toast, The Millions and the Rumpus. She lives in Toronto with her family.
“Bats or Swallows manages to evoke not just the uncertainty and fear of young adulthood, but its magic and inexplicable excitement as well.” – Quill & Quire
“Vlassopoulos has found a way to carry over the wide-eyed curiosity and innate goodness of childhood into the mysterious, often sad, often tragic world of adulthood. The confidence in the voice, the originality of style and the achingly beautiful images are evidence of greatness to come from this engaging young writer.” – Montreal Review of Books