Margaret Gracie

Margaret Gracie grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the ‘70s and ’80s. She attended Dalhousie University, majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Languages. With a Bachelor’s degree in hand, she lived and worked in Germany as a Zimmermadchen, before completing a Translation degree in Quebec and becoming an ESL instructor and freelance translator.

A born writer, she entertained family and friends with stories from early childhood andwrote her first novella during summer break at age 12. She continued to write, in English and French, throughout her twenties, and in 2001 she moved to Victoria to complete her first novel. Since then she has written two more books and a large selection of short stories.

Margaret has over a dozen years of experience working in the communications field, working as an editor, writer and consultant. She has taken a number of creative writing classes and has attended conferences and workshops in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Her work has been published in Canadian and American literary journals as well as a British anthology.

Interview with Fictionophile

Plastic (summary):

Plastic consists of twelve linked short stories that unfold the tale of Debbie Pearce, a former pageant queen who struggles to balance the responsibilities of motherhood with her relentless pursuit of the American Dream. She has it all; an enviable life in La Jolla, California, with a modelling career, a doting husband, two kids and all the fashionable clothing money can buy.

But, somehow, it isn’t enough. Image-obsessed Debbie is plagued by dissatisfaction, anxiety and an unquenchable desire for admiration. Her once-promising career is stagnant, the value of her brand diminishing with every passing day. Her two children, neither beautiful nor charming, become petulant and resentful in the face of her ill-concealed disappointment, acting out in ways that have far-reaching consequences for the entire family. But Debbie refuses to let that stop her from striving toward the life she craves … until one day her seemingly perfect world pulls her under, threatening to drown her in disappointed hopes.

Told from the perspectives of eleven interconnected characters, Plastic is a story of loneliness and longing, of alienation and acceptance, and of the never-ending pursuit of the American Dream.