The Left-Handed Dinner Party and Other Stories is Myrl Coulter’s first published work of fiction. In these short and shortish stories, all the characters struggle with the absence of at least one person who has disappeared prematurely from their lives. In the voids created by the missing loved ones, family secrets bubble to the surface, a recipe box moves itself around, dead grandfathers haunt, and a ghost lingers in a twenty-year limbo. As the book progresses, surprising connections emerge making the stories feel like one big puzzle.
The Left-Handed Dinner Party and Other Stories will be published in September 2017 by University of Alberta Press.