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A well written collection of literary short fiction. . . . I doubt we'll see a better short-story collection this year. --A Motley Vision

Excellent stories. . . Freeze produces realistic, believable people and delves deeply into their psyches to create truly enjoyable character studies. --Booklist

An honest record, a way to trace the passage of time and understand the little stories of our past. --Boston Review

About the Author

Eric Freeze is author of Dominant Traits, a collection of short stories set in southern Alberta where he is originally from. Eric Freeze's stories, creative nonfiction, and translations have been published in numerous periodicals including Boston Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, New Ohio Review, Tampa Review, and Prairie Fire. He is recipient of a number of awards including a Canada Council for the Arts grant for work on a novel. He teaches creative writing at Wabash College in Indiana, where he lives with his spouse and three children.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dufour Editions; First US Edition edition (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802313507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802313508
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,823,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Freeze is author of Dominant Traits, a collection of short stories set in southern Alberta where he is originally from. Eric Freeze's stories, creative nonfiction, and translations have been published in numerous periodicals including Boston Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, New Ohio Review, Tampa Review, and Prairie Fire. He is recipient of a number of awards including a Canada Council for the Arts grant for work on a novel. He teaches creative writing at Wabash College in Indiana, where he lives with his spouse and three children.

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In the world of Dominant Traits, personality is pathology. These are unflinching human portraits with a wide range of characters, from Goths to human dummies. But that is not to suggest that these stories are grim, not at all. Poachers is a compassionate rendering of confused parentage. Seven Little Stories about Sex is laugh out loud funny at times, but ends tenderly, heartbreakingly so, with an affirmation of spousal love. Despite the tough circumstances characters find themselves in, they keep on keeping on in these stories. They make you understand what it is to be a human being. They make you love life in all its sloppy glory.

These stories are written with glittery precision. Never flashy or gimmicky, just perfect, apt in their choices for structure and diction. And I learned some cool new words too -- hoodoo, fartlek.

This is a brilliant debut.
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Eric Freeze's "Dominant Traits" was very bluntly real life. There was nothing in it that beat around the bush. I admired that he had the courage and the ability to explain life in its sometimes harsh reality, but frankly, I had a hard time getting through all the swearing. That was probably the most offensive part to me, other than several parts in the book that had some offensive content. Freeze does a good job of personalizing his characters, and getting the reader in their heads and in their lives. This is all the more impressive, as he switches from story to story throughout the book. It is remarkable how Freeze can jump from the middle aged mother to the teenage boy to every other type of person so quickly and give them each a personality. It is interesting as a reader to be able to jump from personality to personality and from situation to situation so quickly. It keeps the book hopping! It keeps the reader interested and on his or her toes, never quite knowing what to expect as each chapter comes to a close and as each new chapter launches him or her into something very new and something very different from the last adventure. All are very real life situations. He does not believe in sugar glossing anything. This has its pros and cons, but for the most part, I think Eric Freeze is a very talented writer. His voice comes through in his writing, through each unique and individual character, there is also a similar feel of his voice that shines through.
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