The Third Person by Emily Anglin


The Third Person by Emily Anglin



Two’s company, three’s a crowd—and sometimes it’s more than that.

In The Third Person, a series of uncanny short stories by Emily Anglin, professional roles and relationships are put under the microscope, becoming analogies for how we know and are known by others. Anglin creates micro-worlds whose social mores are interrupted by a startling and disorienting gap between a defining word and its lived reality: employees dissolve from their job titles, neighbours overstep comfortable boundaries, voices distanced by space or time make their presence felt.

When a third person enters each of the stories, understanding between two people is interrupted and desire is triangulated. By showing a series of three-part encounters featuring yearning that’s suppressed or blocked by impediments—professional, social, practical, emotional, romantic, cosmic, or otherwise—Anglin’s darkly humorous and sometimes surreal stories will drive readers to contemplate the distances between people and the difficulty of really knowing each other.


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Praise for The Third Person:

“Reading this book is like walking into an apparently familiar room and having all the details add up to something unsettling and new.”
—Kate Cayley, Trillium Book Award winning author of How You Were Born

“Prepare yourself for “spontaneous empathy”, and for specters, knowledge brokers, and an oddball cast of characters who feel, at once, both familiar and strange. Reading Emily Anglin’s The Third Person is like watching the opening sequence of Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
—Johanna Skibsrud, Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author of The Sentimentalists and Quartet for the End of Time

Press Coverage for The Third Person:

Most Anticipated Fall 2017 Fiction Preview —49th Shelf

Writer and freelance editor Emily Anglin grew up in Waterloo, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto. Emily Anglin’s creative work has appeared in The New Quarterly, the Whitewall Review, and in the chapbook The Mysteries of Jupiter. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Concordia University and a PhD in English Literature from Queen’s University, and also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Michigan’s English Department. Prior to her graduate studies, she studied English at the University of Waterloo. The Third Person is her debut book.

November 2, 2017 | Fiction | Short Stories
8.75×5.25 inches | 160 pages
Condition: New
ISBN 9781771663663


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