Fear the Mirror

Cora Siré

"The collection resonates with childhood recollections, poetry, historical references, and intriguing characters, not the least of whom are a strong-minded mother and an elusive grandmother. The memoirist narratives in this collection are rich in rhythms that reveal lives complicated by war, displacement, and immigration." – Montreal Review of Books

Fear the Mirror is a human reflector. It’s an exhuming of familial investment, a memory-driven collection that intends to tell of united and divided lives. Ultimately, it tells a truth, as remembered, lived, and loved by those alive and those long gone.” – Nathaniel G. Moore, Literary Review of Canada

"What is most interesting about Fear the Mirror and Siré’s writing is her playing with form and language. The memoir pieces are lyrical, tiptoeing toward poetry." – Alison Manley, Miramichi Reader

"Being a poet, her use of language is very adept, using short phrases that are often deeply evocative....In several of the stories, she shows the way World War II and the violent years of the Argentine military rule continued to affect survivors long after it ended, rippling through their lives, and even those of their children. It is often believed, and just as often hoped for, by such survivors themselves, that a new life in a new place will enable them to leave the past behind. Siré convinces us that this simply doesn’t happen." - Timothy Niedermann, Ottawa Review of Books

Praise for Behold Things Beautiful:
“One of those rare novels that steeps its readers fully in a fictional reality, and at the same time spurs them to learn more about the history that helped inspire it.” — The Ottawa Review of Books