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By Jacqueline Baker

“Her prose is concise and evocative, and the authenticity of her voice and understanding of the complexity of human emotions calls to mind the work of Alice Munro.”
Toronto Star

“[T]echnically masterful and thoroughly enjoyable debut…. A Hard Witching & Other Stories is a book to reread, twice as good the second time. Jacqueline Baker, with an honest and skillful debut, surpasses the crowd by miles.”
Globe & Mail


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Jacqueline Baker’s first collection of short fiction is set in and around Sand Hills, Saskatchewan, a region of the Canadian prairies that is unique, an expanse of shifting sand dunes interrupted by patches of green vegetation, small lakes and saline flats.

Baker writes with confidence and unvarnished honesty, and like Flannery O’Connor or Alice Munro, she has the rare ability to make the familiar brilliant and finely understood.

“Baker shows in this debut collection an impressive precision and control… a writer to watch.”
Quill & Quire

“Each story is just amazing; every character so well drawn, so believable… For a first book, WOW is she ever good… we are going to have a star here.”
-Laurie Greenwood, CBC Radio

“… simply great stories—richly drawn, wry and unselfconsciously Prairie.”
Calgary Herald

“These stories… suggest Baker as a rural J.D. Salinger—a most promising start to a literary career.”

“What Alistair MacLeod has done for the Maritimes, Jacqueline Baker has done for the Sand Hills region of southwestern Saskatchewan. It is insightful and accurate in its depiction of the beauty and menace of the landscape and of the brutality and tenderness of its inhabitants.”
-Diane Schoemperlen, author of The Plaid Red Shirt

“Jacqueline Baker must be very wise to articulate human nature as she does. Her stories are plump and filling, each paragraph packed with detail and psychological complexity.”
-Pearl Luke, author of Burning Ground

“Jacqueline Baker writes with subtlety and grace. Her evocative portraits of western lives ring with a quiet and truthful loneliness that lingers well beyond the turn of the final page.”
-Camilla Gibb, author of Sweetness in the Belly


Harper Collins, Canada, February 2003


Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Winner of the City of Edmonton Book Prize

Winner of the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction

Shortlisted for the Roger’s Writers’ Trust Award for Fiction

Other Books by Jacqueline Baker