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Short Story Collection:
Hunger Moon
Traci Skuce’s Hunger Moon is a collection of short stories that echo with the yearning to be replenished, to be made full. Here are characters at cusp-points in their lives, attempting to shift their trajectories: to cease wrapping up the heart’s desire in a pink bubble by launching it into the universe. Some turn to ESP, some to a belief in ghosts, some to the future caught inside a glass bottle, each character taking the hackneyed adage “Follow Your Bliss” too literally to blissfully follow their own storyline.
 
Emotionally charged, evocative, and lush, Hunger Moon‘s thirteen short stories each set out on profound quests to satisfy an emotional hunger.
 
You can read more about the collection in this article by Prairie Books NOW. You can also find one of the stories in Hunger Moon featured on the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize longlist.
Praise for Hunger Moon
“Traci Skuce digs deep into her character’s lives, examines friendships and childhood betrayals with brutal honesty. Her writing is sharp, observant and elegant. Hunger Moon is an enjoyable, provocative and often surprising collection of short fiction that deserves praise and admiration.”
~ Ian Colford, The Miramichi Reader
Praise for Hunger Moon
“The artful writing and the complexity of the emotional landscape heighten the appeal and significance of each story.”
~ Marjorie Anderson, Winnipeg Free Press
Praise for Hunger Moon
“Traci Skuce's impressive debut collection, Hunger Moon, places her in the ranks of those short fiction writers whose work I embrace and celebrate. Sentence by sentence these thirteen stories introduce a voice as original and assured as the tales she tells. Poignant, beautifully crafted and deeply imagined, this is storytelling at its best.”
~ Jack Driscoll, author of The Goat Fish and the Lover's Knot
Praise for Hunger Moon
“Re-imagine the lives of girls and women. Feel again our fear of a violent child who stalks us, of our mindless abandonment to bodily sensation which may or may not blight the rest of our lives. Remember also when our fierce loyalties were betrayed. Witness these lives depicted like a slo-mo train wreck which cannot sever our need to depend on someone, even if that someone turns out to be our own selves.”
~ Caroline Woodward, author of Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper
Praise for Hunger Moon
“All senses are fully engaged in Hunger Moon, an honest, unflinching and riveting collection. The characters within these well-crafted stories, whether children, twenty-somethings or young parents, are struggling, like most of us, to navigate the tricky, unreliable territories of familial and romantic love. Read these stories and be transported back to the age before internet, to tree planting camps and lakeside holidays, to relentless heat and longing in both near and distant corners of the world, as characters wrestle with transitions and loss and come to a deeper understanding of what it is to be human.”
~ Julie Paul, author of Meteorites and The Pull of the Moon
Praise for Hunger Moon
“Skuce has an obvious ease with language, and she writes with confidence.... reading these stories, it’s easy to see why they found favour with the editors of literary journals in Canada and the U.S.”
~ Heather Graham, The Ormsby Review
Praise for Hunger Moon
“I could go on listing more of Skuce’s amazing storytelling techniques in Hunger Moon, but honestly, I think you should just read it for yourself. The collection has great stories and is a great read overall.”
~ Skylar Kay, FreeFall Magazine
Praise for Hunger Moon
“Many of the stories are rather open-ended and leave the reader with the sense that the resolution and living out of these lives is not fated, but choices to be made in the future. But there is a forceful emptiness and uncertainty that brings the lives of these mostly separate characters and stories together.... I would gladly read [Hunger Moon] again, preferably in hard copy, and recommend [this collection] in terms of language, story, and character, and [its] engagements with larger questions of life and meaning.”
~ Shoshannah Ganz, Canadian Literature
Praise for Hunger Moon
"[h]ighly compressed, lyrical ... [t]he stories in Traci Skuce’s Hunger Moon cohere through mood, theme, and poetic elements."
~ Jeanette Lynes, University of Toronto Quarterly "Letters in Canada 2020"
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Praise for Hunger Moon
“The artful writing and the complexity of the emotional landscape heighten the appeal and significance of each story.”
~ Marjorie Anderson, Winnipeg Free Press
Praise for Hunger Moon
“Skuce has an obvious ease with language, and she writes with confidence.... reading these stories, it’s easy to see why they found favour with the editors of literary journals in Canada and the U.S.”
~ Heather Graham, The Ormsby Review
Praise for Hunger Moon
“I could go on listing more of Skuce’s amazing storytelling techniques in Hunger Moon, but honestly, I think you should just read it for yourself. The collection has great stories and is a great read overall.”
~ Skylar Kay, FreeFall Magazine
Praise for Hunger Moon
"[h]ighly compressed, lyrical ... [t]he stories in Traci Skuce’s Hunger Moon cohere through mood, theme, and poetic elements."
~ Jeanette Lynes, University of Toronto Quarterly "Letters in Canada 2020"
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Here, Traci Skuce talks to NeWest Press General Manager Matt Bowes about her debut short story collection Hunger Moon, as well as the resurgence of horoscopes and the cruelty of children.
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