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Gasco studied Creative Writing first at Concordia University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988.
New York, NY 10003, United States
Gasco studied at New York University to earn a Master of Arts degree.
(Daring, tough, and darkly humorous, these linked stories ...)
Daring, tough, and darkly humorous, these linked stories have at their centre the relationship between parents and children. As devastating in their emotional honesty as they are poignant and wise, these stories map the intricate terrain of adoption and birth, and look at the lives we make for ourselves in the universal search for who we are. Among them: a girl is abducted by a man claiming to be her father; a distraught mother finds herself fabricating a past for her adopted teenaged daughter; a woman is haunted by her birth mother’s ghostly visitations; a new mother is overtaken by a feeling of alienation as gradually her world becomes as empty as she feels her heart to be. Uniquely imagined, vividly describing the world we inhabit, Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby? introduces a bold, new literary voice.
("Bye Bye Baby" is a dramatic comedy inspired by Elyse Gas...)
"Bye Bye Baby" is a dramatic comedy inspired by Elyse Gasco's multi-award-winning book Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby? and marks her debut as a playwright. The play follows one woman's journey to discover the truth about her birth mother as she struggles to make sense of her own life and identity. "Bye Bye Baby" has a shockingly tactile quality that hits you right between the eyes with its brazen probing of the human heart.
Gasco studied Creative Writing first at Concordia University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988, then at New York University to earn a Master of Arts degree.
Elyse Gasco is a contributor to periodicals, including Little Magazine, Western Humanities Review, Canadian Fiction Magazine, Prism International, Grain, and Malahat Review.
Elyse Gasco is the author of the award-winning short story collection "Can You Wave Bye-Bye, Baby?" An adopted child herself, Gasco writes stories centering on adoption and parenthood. The volume begins with “A Well-Imagined Life,” wherein a young woman, whose mother had given her up for adoption, imagines her mother’s period of pregnancy and giving birth. Margot Livesey, writing in the New York Times Book Review, observed that the narrator “tries repeatedly to invent a version of her mother’s life - and becomes convinced that she, in turn, haunts her mother.” In the next tale, “You Have the Body,” a young woman discovers that her pregnancy adds an unsettling aspect to her relationship with her adoptive mother, who never bore children, and in “The Third Person,” a new mother suspects her child of possessing extraordinary powers. These suspicions compel the mother, who had been adopted, to recall a letter she once received from her birth mother. Other tales in the collection include “The Spider of Bumba,” wherein a girl bonds with her birth father after he kidnaps her from her adoptive parents; “Can You Wave Bye-Bye, Baby?,” in which a new mother is plagued with confusion over parenthood; and “Mother: Not a True Story,” wherein a mother placates her adopted teenager by fabricating an account of the daughter’s birth mother.
Livesey deemed "Can You Wave Bye-Bye, Baby?" a “vivid collection,” and a Publishers Weekly reviewer proclaimed the book “powerful.” Another reviewer, Ellen R. Cohen, acknowledged in Library Journal that Gasco’s tales will hold particular worth for readers who have been adopted or have adopted children, but she concluded that the book “can be read fruitfully by anyone.” Canadian Forum reviewer Nancy Dembowski, meanwhile, summarized "Can You Wave Bye-Bye, Baby?" as “a bleak and honest look at what it means to give birth in our time.”
Of the many negative feelings that the stories portray about motherhood, Gasco told Kevin Connolly on the EyeNet Website, “We have these incredible taboos about the negative side of having children... There’s an incredible sense of relief - when you are having a kid - when someone does reveal something like that to you. You think: ‘Good, I’m entitled to these strange, negative feelings I’m having.’ ”
Gasco also wrote a screenplay to the film "When Sally Met Rascal..." (2011).