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This is Currie Township, Southwestern Ontario, where roads crumble, barns rot, jobs erode, marriages suffocate, and kids like Mike Carrion find themselves adrift in it all, scratching their way to adolescence before they either knuckle down or get out of here and never look back. Beginning with the Friday night car crash years before Mike was born, the 17 stories in Nobody Looks That Young Here follow the Carrion family and Currie Township in Mike’s words and those of his parents, friends, and others who’ve already left for the city well aware of what becomes of the people who don’t.
Nobody Looks That Young Here is a book that counts Lives of Girls and Women, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, Winesburg, Ohio and the novels of S.E. Hinton as ancestors, and it includes stories published in Exile: The Literary Quarterly (2012 Carter V. Cooper Prize finalist, “Mercy”), The Dalhousie Review, The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, Great Lakes Review, echolocation, White Wall Review and elsewhere.
What people are saying about Nobody Looks That Young Here:
Nobody Looks That Young Here hooks the reader from page one. Perry deftly shows us the beauty and frailty of human connection through ordinary lives and struggles with poverty, village claustrophobia, and dreams of escape. This book of poignant linked stories made me want to get into the car, travel along Highway 402, and find Perry’s small town.
—Farzana Doctor, author of All Inclusive