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Short Stories by Keith Henderson
The Pagan Nuptials of Julia
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The Pagan Nuptials of Julia and other stories
The Pagan Nuptials of Julia chronicles the lives of ordinary English-speaking Quebeckers who “did not go the other way” down the 401, a neglected Canadian minority that saw its treasured world sacrificed by statist deceit and disowned with “stricken, evasive looks” even by its own kind.
With a vivid, contrarian insight, Keith Henderson shows us that not all change is even-handed or mending, and that when it embodies “refinement” and “necessary humanity,” the Past merits passionate preservation.
Contemplating these at times gothic, always superbly crafted tales, alert readers will find themselves querying their fashionable complacencies while they ponder a vision conservative in the very best of senses — one that revives the classical faith in human bonds and meaning, and prompts us to remember that we are “born into the arms of love.”
Reminiscent of the works of Hawthorne, Mansfield, Mann, and Sinclair Ross, Keith Henderson’s The Pagan Nuptials of Julia presents the brilliant, interrogative creations of one of Canada’s finest “journalists of the soul.”
A remarkably erudite collection that displays an impressive versatility.
The Pagan Nuptials of Julia takes us from Montreal to rural Italy, where Julia was born.... It’s a story that says something profound about the human condition. It feeds the soul....
The Globe and Mail
This book is an interesting well written collection of stories told from a variety of viewpoints — male, female, young, old, married, single, divorced.
The Montreal Review of Books
As leader of Quebec’s Equality Party from 1993 to 2003, Keith Henderson was hardly shy about expressing his views on the rights of English-speaking Quebecers. In The Pagan Nuptials of Julia Henderson shrewdly weaves his political insights into nine fictional tales of Anglos who remained in Quebec to deal with an increasingly difficult situation.
Concordia University Magazine, December 2005
Author Keith Henderson
Keith Henderson has published three novels, (The Restoration, DC Books 1994, The Beekeeper, DC Books 1990 and The Roof Walkers, DC Books 2013), as well as a collection of political essays from when he was Quebec columnist for the Financial Post (Staying Canadian, DC Books, 1997). He led a small provincial political party in Quebec during the separatist referendum of 1995 and championed English language rights and the “poison pill” strategy of partitioning Quebec if ever Quebec partitioned Canada, positions covered in full length articles in the Los Angeles and New York Times as well as on CBS 60 Minutes.
The Pagan Nuptials of Julia, Keith Henderson, 116 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, Short Stories, July 2005,
ISBN: 978-0-919688-98-8 (paper). . .$17.95
ISBN: 978-0-919688-99-5 (Bound) . . . $32.95
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The Pagan Nuptials of Julia won a gold medal for best fiction from Eastern Canada in the 2006 US Independent Publishers Book Awards.