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Death by a Thousand Cuts


April 30, 2024 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9780771095115
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CBC Books' Top Pick for Most Anticipated Canadian Fiction for Spring 2024--a breathtaking and sharply funny collection about the everyday trials and impossible expectations that come with being a woman, from the Governor General's Literary Award-shortlisted author of The Most Precious Substance on Earth.

What would have happened if she'd met him at a different time in her life, when she was older, more confident, less lonely, and less afraid? She wonders not whether they would have stayed together, but whether she would have known to stay away.

A writer discovers that her ex has published a novel about their breakup. An immunocompromised woman falls in love, only to have her body betray her. After her boyfriend makes an insensitive comment, a college student finds an experimental procedure that promises to turn her brown eyes blue. A Reddit post about a man's habit of grabbing his girlfriend's breasts prompts a shocking confession. An unsettling second date leads to the testing of boundaries. And when a woman begins to lose her hair, she embarks on an increasingly nightmarish search for answers. 

With honesty, tenderness, and a skewering wit, these stories boldly wrestle with rage, longing, illness, and bodily autonomy, and their inescapable impacts on a woman's relationships with others and with herself.

About this Author

SHASHI BHAT is the author of the story collection Death by a Thousand Cuts, and the novels The Most Precious Substance on Earth, a finalist for the Governor General's Award for fiction, and The Family Took Shape, a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her fiction has won the Writers' Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize and been shortlisted for a National Magazine Award and the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and appeared in such publications as The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, Best Canadian Stories, and The Journey Prize Stories. Shashi holds an MFA from the Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Cornell University. She lives in New Westminster, B.C., where she is the editor-in-chief of EVENT magazine and teaches creative writing at Douglas College.

ISBN: 9780771095115
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 216
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Published: 2024-04-30


"The wry female characters in Death By a Thousand Cuts are so genuine and evocative, it is impossible not to empathize with them. All of Bhat's stories possess a sharp-eyed restraint, and they will astonish and move you with their darkly glittering moments of hilarity and depth. Within these pages you will find poignancy, humour, and unflinching insight on the precarity and absurdity that is contemporary female life. Bhat is an undeniably talented storyteller and an indelible voice in modern fiction. I loved this collection!!!"
--Lindsay Wong, author of The Woo-Woo and Tell Me Pleasant Things about Immortality

"Death By a Thousand Cuts made me scream with laughter nearly as often as it made me scream with rage. Shashi Bhat's distinctive, powerful collection is so raw and vivid that it feels alive. This is a piercing, absorbing, and unforgettable book." 
--Sarah Jackson, author of A Bit Much

"In these masterful stories about dating apps, consent, COVID lockdown, exes who write revenge novels, and the body, which so often betrays itself, Shashi Bhat writes scenes of contemporary life with such wit and aplomb you almost don't realize they've also broken your heart. I love these stories so much."
--Liz Harmer, author of Strange Loops

"Hot damn. Through her original stories, Shashi Bhat dissects the subtle indignities of modern womanhood with a scalpel and reassembles them into something beautiful. A thousand cuts indeed."
--Anna Fitzpatrick, author of Good Girl

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