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The Pump

The Pump

The Pump

A Gothic collection of stories featuring carnivorous beavers, art-eaters, and family intrigue, for fans of Alice Munro and Shirley Jackson

The small southern Ontario town known as The Pump lies at the crossroads of this world’s violence—a tainted water supply, an apathetic municipal government, the Gothic decay of rural domesticity—and another’s.

In Hegele’s interconnected stories, no one is immune to The Pump’s sacrificial games. Lighthouse dwellers, Boy Scouts, queer church camp leaders, love-sick and sick-sick writers, nine-year-old hunters, art-eaters—each must navigate the swamp of their own morality while living on land that is always slowly (and sometimes very quickly) killing them.

About the author

Sydney Warner Brooman

Sydney Warner Brooman

Sydney Warner Brooman (they/them) is a Canadian editor and fiction author living in Toronto, Ontario. They are an Assignment Editor at the media company Diply, the fiction editor of Patchwork Literary Magazine (University of Iowa), a former Editorial Assistant with the Canadian Poetry Project, former Artist-in-residence at the TAP Centre for Creativity, a former editor for WordsFest London, a former Student Writer-in-Residence for Western University, a former judge for the Alfred Poynt Poetry Prize at Western University, and a former Editor-in-Chief for the Western University slam poetry publication SNAPS. Their debut short story collection THE PUMP is forthcoming with Invisible Books in Fall 2021, and they received a Canada Council of the Arts Grant for their debut novel BIRD SUIT.

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