This collection of short stories wields the power to knock you down. Hailing from Newfoundland, Catherine Hogan Safer is a magician, crafting so much in so few words, in small moments you can feel, and in characters who will haunt you.
These characters include a widower named Joe, who is forced to care for his dead son’s stepchildren, and Martha, who paints the entire inside of her house blue, to name but a few. They are hilarious, touching glimpses into pieces of someone else’s life.
While reading you can expect to laugh out loud, cry, and gasp. If you want a taste of the human experience, a peek into what your neighbours are up to in tiny, heartbreaking snapshots, this book is for you. Sometimes the endings are happy but mostly they just feel real. And we all know real can tear you to pieces.
by Catherine Hogan Safer
$19.95, paperback, 150 pp.
Creative Book Publishing, 2015