Talking at the Woodpile
StoriesBook - 2011
In this humourous and refreshing collection of short stories, David Thompson reveals the charm and grit of life in the Yukon. This is a masterful blend of fact and fiction, history and the contemporary and intriguing stories that begin as long as 10,000 years ago. In "Frozen in Time" an unsuspecting miner discovers a frozen carcass while digging for gold. After much to-do about the origin of the gigantic creature, the mammoth and its unfortunate victim are laid to rest by the local First Nations community. In a moment of wry humour, Thompson describes a small town rivalry that ends when a firewood thief blows his fireplace sky high, to the delight of his victimized neighbours. And in the collection's title story "Talking at the Woodpile" two long-time friends unwittingly challenge each other to a talking duel, which ultimately leads to a nasty case of frostbite, and an even nastier case of cold shoulder. In his first collection of short stories David Thompson portrays life in a small Canadian community, weaving his characters in and out of each other's tales and in and out of the history that shaped the great Canadian North.
Publisher: Halfmoon Bay, B.C. : Caitlin Press, ©2011.
Characteristics: 223 pages ;,23 cm.