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End Times

by (author) Michelle Syba

Freehand Books
Initial publish date
May 2023
Short Stories (single author), Literary, Contemporary Women
Author lives in Quebec

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End Times is an astounding debut collection of stories about evangelical culture, ideological polarization, and the messiness and mysteries of humanity.

A Vancouver mother convinces her opioid-addicted son to attend church, and sparks her own personal emergency. A jet-setting consultant tries to help a rural fundamentalist teen, while her own secular life unravels in Toronto, Davos, and beyond. An atheist doctor attempts to expose a hipster megachurch pastor as a closeted hypocrite.

At a time when the end feels nigh for many, End Times brings together an expansive cast of the devout and the dissenting, the elderly and the young, immigrants, elites, the burned-out, and the lonely, exploring our hidden anxieties and longings.

About the author

Michelle Syba was born in Toronto and grew up Pentecostal. In university, she left the faith and became a zealot for literature, completing a PhD in English at Harvard. Her work has been published in The New Quarterly, Image, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. She lives in Montreal.

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  • Short-listed, QWF Concordia University First Book Prize

Editorial Reviews

"Michelle Syba's stories are like vessels of precious metal, their beauty and capaciousness slyly concealing the fact that they were refined in fire. It's rare to encounter the drama of faith and its aftermath rendered with such humanity, ferocity, and grace."

Meghan O'Gieblyn

"These emotionally and intellectually powerful stories have me riveted. Michelle Syba probes the depths (and limits) of belief with exquisite style and aplomb."

Sarah Selecky