The Bukowski Agency - The End of Steel

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87,000 words
Final manuscript due fall 2018

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Canada: Doubleday

ABOUT DIANA SVENNES-SMITH

Diana Svennes-Smith (Photo: Stephen Langton Goulet)
(Photo: Stephen Langton Goulet)

Diana graduated with an MFA as a Teaching-Writing Fellow from The Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she completed this manuscript under the supervision of Marilynne Robinson. The manuscript was awarded a Michener-Copernicus Fellowship, available to graduates, and a $20,000 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship. She wrote the first draft at University of East Anglia, and earned her BFA at University of Victoria. She lives in Eastend, Saskatchewan.

The End of Steel

a novel by Diana Svennes-Smith

THE COMPELLING, BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN DEBUT ABOUT A GIRL, A BOY, AND A BEAR WHOSE LIVES CONVERGE CATASTROPHICALLY AT AN ALL-MALE WILDERNESS WORK CAMP

The End of Steel is the story of a troubled girl trying to figure out how to become a woman in an environment of limited options -- the far north of the 1970s. After a teen pregnancy ends badly, Mona's parents send her to work in a railroad camp under the care of her Uncle Gabriel, the cook. There she meets young Hank, a Star Trek fan who struggles to maintain his grandiose fantasies in the face of the doomed railroad project and his low status among the crew. When Mona arrives at the camp, Hank promptly falls in unrequited love. In secret, Mona begins to feed a bear -- with dire consequences.

The novel is a coming-of-age story about the difficulties of communication, the nature of self, and the ambiguous boundaries of the body. It is a meditation on life and death, separation and connection, fate versus determination, and on the story-building that we engage in in order to assemble meaningful lives.

 

 

 

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