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Review: Willem DeKooning’s Paintbrush

There are short-story debuts that emerge into the world and merely hint at the promise to come. Then there are collections that arrive fully formed, as if the writer is no mere debutante, but has stepped directly into the literary spotlight, with an ace or two (or three) up her sleeve.

The latter would describe Kerry Lee-Powell’s first collection, Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush. The only book of fiction to find favour with all three juries for Canada’s major fiction prizes in 2016 (longlisted for the Giller; shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize), Powell’s eclectic suite of stories garnered strong buzz and sustained critical acclaim throughout the fall literary season.

Read the rest of my review of Kerry-Lee Powell’s collection Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush online at The Malahat Review.