Fierce By Hannah Holborn


Hannah’s prize winning short stories are collected in FIERCE (McClelland & Stewart 2009) and have appeared in numerous print and on-line venues including Room of One’s Own, Front and Centre, WORDS literary journal, Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs, Literary Mamma, and The Danforth Review. She is the recipient of a Canada Council Grant for the Arts.

“The stories in Fierce contain beautiful writing, offbeat characters, and strange scenarios…there is humanity and honesty in this collection that really makes it work.”–Alexis Kienlen, Grande Prairie Ink

Holborn repeatedly demonstrates her skill in handling utterly disparate, and wholly unique, characters in surprising, and often surprisingly effective ways. Robert J. Wieresma, The Edmonton Journal

“(Holborn’s) imagination…runs riot with vivid and eccentric characters. (Her) scenarios vary from Monty Python to Russian tragedy.”–Jan DeGrass, Coast Reporter

“(Fierce has) a bracing farcical edge that could hardly be blacker. . . . Holborn’s double high-wire act leaps effortlessly between funny and tragic. . . . [Her] visuals are cinematic.”

– The Globe and Mail

“Holborn…fills the pages of her collection with . . . one-of-a-kind characters, in stories that run the gamut from unfortunately heartbreaking to unaccountably hopeful.”

– Canadian Living

“The short stories and final novella in this collection are like backstories to those pictures you run across where something strange and maybe slightly soiled is happening in medias res and you wonder what led up to the moment.”