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The Death of the Moon

Cormorant Books 213 pages ISBN 1896951155

The Death of Moon


THE DEATH OF THE MOON is Brian’s collection of short stories. It is published by Cormorant Books.


Toronto writer Brian Panhuyzen’s first collection of short stories, The Death of the Moon is an auspicious debut from a young man with talent to burn. Panhuyzen has mastered the economy of expression essential to spinning a full-blown tale in relatively few words.

~ January Magazine, best of the year

The Death of the Moon is as catastrophic and beautiful as it sounds. Torontonian Brian Panhuyzen’s first collection of short stories proves him to be versatile, thoughtful and imaginative, with an original voice and an evocative use of metaphor. . . . For Panhuyzen, the beauty is in the details. He establishes scene, time and character easily, rapidly and convincingly. His attention to evocative and original metaphor, complex symbolism, story selection and pacing make The Death of the Moon both entertaining and thought-provoking. This is a collection to be revisited.

~ The Toronto Star

There are some love stories in here that will have award-winning writers looking nervously toward their laurels. Such haunting masterpieces as “Marshmallows and Jawbreakers” or “Marijke and Shonny” are tales of two different kinds of sexual relationships that you will want to linger over rather than stuff your face with. And Panhuyzen really gives good sex. Messy, complicated, tender, realistic love scenes . . . We can be certain that the jacket of his next book will be covered with acclaim for this one.

~ National Post

Toronto-based writer Brian Panhuyzen has mastered the art . . . What a delight it is to sink into his work . . . [His] imagery is perfect in creating atmosphere . . . Like any good literary surgeon, he doesn’t waste a single word . . . What makes Panhuyzen especially gratifying is his dizzyingly beautiful writing style . . . [He] takes tender care in selecting just the right words to reveal the deepest, most achingly private feelings of his characters. This sense of humanity and compassion echoes that of Margaret Laurence, and lends depth to stories that never become glib exercises. His people breathe and sweat and bleed, and experience orgasm, and look up in wonder at the night sky, in bafflement, awe and love.

~ Two Chairs

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