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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

Not the Apocalypse I Was Hoping For

by (author) Leslie Greentree

University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Short Stories (single author), 21st Century, Literary
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
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Award-winning author Leslie Greentree presents fourteen short stories in this dark, often funny, deeply compelling collection that asks how we locate, create, and avoid meaning in our lives. These are stories about people and relationships challenged by death and redeemed by art. Satirical, political, personal, and tender, they take us to funerals, protests, art galleries, to the dark side of the service industry, and through cities on fire.


An actress turns her terminal cancer diagnosis into an art installation; a boy’s attempt at a practical joke derails his grandfather’s funeral; a mother discovers she may care more for her sick dog than her newborn son; a man watches his dream of becoming a #hero burn with the city around him; a teacher befriends a gargoyle; a coalition of women fighting for bodily autonomy turn to the ultimate shock-performance protest.


Taking on the social collective, the performance of death, the political battleground, and the search for existential happiness with fearlessness and verve, Not the Apocalypse I Was Hoping For is full of sharp observation, irreverence, wit, and compassion.

About the author

Leslie Greentree is the author of two books of poetry, Guys Named Bill (2002) and go-go dancing for Elvis (2003), shortlisted for the Griffin Award for Excellence in Poetry in 2004. Leslie has read across much of Canada and in Ireland at the Dublin Writers’ Festival in 2005. She lives in Red Deer, Alberta. This is her first book of short stories. Winner of CBC Radio's annual Alberta Anthology competition in professional fiction category with short story, The Brilliant Save, which will be part of a book anthology (Sept 2006).

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Editorial Reviews

Greentree's knack for comedy interweaves with an aching sorrow.

AlbertaViews Magazine

Leslie Greentree’s bold and beleaguered creations run the gamut from apathy to flaming anger . . . Yet the center holds. The world keeps spinning. Within these fourteen tales, the fight for meaning and honesty continues.

The Literary Review of Canada