The Immaculate Conception Photography Gallery
- Little, Brown Canada, 1994
From the author of the well-loved FABLES OF BRUNSWICK AVENUE, this collection of short stories enlarges and deepens Katherine Govier's literary terrain. The title story, a prize-winner in the CBC Literary Contest, deftly evokes the moral dilemmas of a photographer in Toronto's Little Italy who erases an errant bridesmaid from the wedding photos. In "Aliens", what appears to be a U.F.O. lands among the islands of Georgian Bay, while the women occupy family cottages. In "The Picnic", an overwrought father in a speedboat on the Niagara River takes his wife and child to the brink of the falls.
Motherhood, whether metaphorical or otherwise, ties these stories together in a collection that is fierce, ironic, magical, and very much Govier.