A widow visits a spiritualist community to attempt to contact her late husband. A grieving teenager confronts the unfairness of his small-town world and the oncoming ecological disaster. A sexual assault survivor navigates her boyfriend’s tricky family and her own confusing desires. A mother examines unresolved guilt while seeking her missing daughter in a city slum. A lover exploits his girlfriend’s secrets for his own purposes. Whether in Ecuador or San Francisco, rural Ontario or northern Manitoba, the landscape in each of Carter’s poignant short stories reflects each character’s journey.

Psychologically complex and astute, Places Like These plumbs the vast range of human reactions to those things which make us human–love, grief, friendship, betrayal, and the intertwined yet contrasting longing for connection and independence.


  • Lauren Carter

    Lauren Carter is the award-winning author of five books. She lives on Treaty One territory within the homeland of the Metis Nation, just outside of Winnipeg.

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