Books by Diane Schoemperlen

BY THE BOOK by Diane Schoemperlen
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An extremely clever and often graceful collection that rewards the curious reader but should not be approached with the expectation of traditional story."
A new collection by Schoemperlen (At a Loss for Words, 2008, etc.) offers stories that revel in unconventional forms and odd details, each one mining texts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in an exploration of collage and fragmentation.Read full book review >
RED PLAID SHIRT by Diane Schoemperlen
Released: June 24, 2003

"In all, smart and imaginative."
Tales both new and previously collected (this is the author's sixth story volume) that are almost universally one part Alice Munro, one part Donald Barthelme. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2001

"Ambitious and intelligent, but more a collection of fascinating essays than a fulfilling piece of fiction."
What would you do if the Virgin Mary came to visit for a week? Taking off from this entertaining premise, the author of In the Language of Love (1996) falls short, though not for want of trying. Read full book review >
FORMS OF DEVOTION by Diane Schoemperlen
Released: May 1, 1998

"While there's no denying the author's considerable skill at turning a wry phrase, all the glitter here yields precious little substance. (144 b&w line drawings and half-tones) (Author tour)"
Echoing her first novel's artifice (In the Language of Love, 1996), Schoemperlen uses images culled largely from the 18th and 19th centuries as inspiration for her storytelling, winding up with a string of aborted experiments Read full book review >
IN THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE by Diane Schoemperlen
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Better in pieces than as a whole: bright shards from a promising writer who shouldn't be afraid to hammer together a real structure next time. (Author tour)"
Using the hundred simple words of a word-association test as starting points for its hundred chapters, Canadian Schoemperlen's debut novel demonstrates why it's probably better to avoid such gimmicks altogether—here, a hundred brilliantly written separate episodes turn into one long and sadly stagnant narrative. Read full book review >