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Winner of the Trillium Award Pasha Malla's extraordinary stories grant us entry into fascinating worlds: the complex world of children acting out half-understood fantasies of adulthood; the modern world of young couples navigating hairpin emotional turns; a near future world where Niagara Falls has run dry.The Withdrawal Method is a remarkably inventive, assured, and smartWinner of the Trillium Award Pasha Malla's extraordinary stories grant us entry into fascinating worlds: the complex world of children acting out half-understood fantasies of adulthood; the modern world of young couples navigating hairpin emotional turns; a near future world where Niagara Falls has run dry.The Withdrawal Method is a remarkably inventive, assured, and smart collection from one of our best young writers, one who pairs emotional depth with great technical skill. These extraordinary stories peel back layers to reveal the strange, the wondrous, the unexpected....

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  • Bonnie
    2019-02-03 23:36

    4 ½ starsIt seems ironic (to me, anyway) that I had already partly written a review for The Withdrawal Method when I had an accident that meant I had to quit writing: I’ve had to extract my body from the computer. I literally could not sit down. Now I write this half-sitting, half-standing, and in short spurts; I pull out from my chair now and then to give my butt a break.When the expression “withdrawal method” enters conversation, it’s usually in reference to a form of birth control, generally ineffective, as well as messy: unsatisfactory as well as unsatisfying. That Pasha Malla chose to title his collection of 13 stories under the header The Withdrawal Method is certainly ingenious, and quite effective, especially given that there is, if not sexuality, then at least some form of intimacy in each story. And all the narrators are male, with characters ranging in age from children to adolescence to young adults. I most enjoyed the stories that involved children, whether they were primary or secondary characters. Pasha Malla is a young man, himself not that far removed from childhood. Perhaps it is easy for him to recall childhood. Not to take away from his talent; his treatment of childhood is realistic but empathetic. There is often in these stories a disturbing aspect of sophisticated naiveté – arguably a contradiction in terms; but take the story “Big City Girls”: seven-year-old Alex is at home with his fifth-grade sister and a few of her friends. Malla builds the tension up until this bored group begins to talk about sex, which in turn makes them wonder about the big city, and from there, what it would be like if a girl was raped by a homeless person. These children don’t know much about rape except that it’s bad, so they decide that a knife must be part of the act. They make up a game where Alex is the rapist. Without giving away the details of the story, Alex is eventually sent to “jail” – his bedroom. The story ends with Alex watching the girls from his window: four girls on their backs in a line, making angels in the snow. But Pasha Malla’s genius is in how he draws out the tale, and ends it with this beautiful, innocent scene, with Alex as witness – and changed, in a very subtle way. This is a very believable story. Not so believable to me was one detail in the futuristic story, “Being Like Bulls” – I just couldn’t visualize Niagara Falls dried up. And yet, by disengaging from that image, I was able to appreciate Pasha Malla’s creative exploration of the relationship between main character Paul and his friend Kaede. My least favourite story, and the only one I read out of sequence, was “The Love Life of the Automaton Turk.” After reading all the other stories, how could I not return to it? The three parts of this story are linked by a failed invention that begins in Vienna, 1755; is found in Havana, 1838; and then again in Philadelphia, 1854. Each of the other stories was different, but this one jumped the rails onto a completely different track, and missed its mark, at least for me. The only sense of completion I got was that I could now claim to have read the whole book. But I can truthfully say that I would buy the book for any one of the seven stories that I thought were most compelling, despite some disconcerting themes. Besides “Big City Girls”, I loved “Pushing Oceans In and Pulling Oceans Out”, Long Short Short Long”, “Dizzy When You Look Down In”, “Pet Therapy”, “The Past Composed”, and “Respite”. I would recommend that you read this collection as a book – from the first story to the very last, very short story. It might make you think just that much more about how this extraordinary collection of stories by an up-and-coming author fits together. Awards thus far for this book:Recipient of this year's Danuta Gleed Literary Award ($10 000 administered by the Writers’ Union of Canada)Winner of the Trillium Award. ($20 000)Finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' PrizeLonglisted for the Giller Prize.($50 000 for winner; 5 000 for 4 runners-up) In an interview: "It hadn't even crossed my mind," said the author of The Withdrawal Method. "I mean, a first book of stories? I was kind of shocked."Won the Ellis Award for the Best Short Story for “Filmsong”, his contribution to the Toronto Noir.Do yourself a favour and insert The Withdrawal Method into your list of books to-read.

  • Tfitoby
    2019-01-23 19:38

    Another in the line of interesting and quirky short story collections by contemporary literary authors to come my way in the past twelve months. Sadly however this is no Suddenly, a Knock on the Door (which is one of the most enjoyable and well written books I've read this year) and not even close to No One Belongs Here More Than You either.This collection from Pasha Malla has more flat notes than not, nevertheless its high points do soar incredibly high and help to round the overall enjoyment up to an acceptable level.I think it speaks volumes for me as a reader when I am absorbed in an interesting exploration of the human psyche (as Malla achieves more often than not in this collection) yet waiting for the dark or disturbing conclusion that it appears that we are being led towards. I have a feeling that this might not be the case for all readers and perhaps these stories could be used in a similar way to a rorschach test.Of the thirteen stories the dystopian setting of Dizzy When You Look Down was of particular interest (not least for that dark ending that I so clearly crave) and the remarkable juxtaposition found in Being Like Bulls which whilst technically writing of basketball at times still manages to have a powerful effect because of its insight in to humanity."Weird, wild, wonderful" David Bergen is quoted as saying on the dust jacket and I find it hard to disagree, possibly adding "honest" or maybe even "worthy" in an attempt to keep that alliteration going.

  • Hannah Holborn
    2019-02-08 19:00

    The naive innocence of Pasha's all too believably human characters does nothing to protect them from the inevitability of world-class sorrow. These fathers, mothers, sons and daughters don’t stand a chance in a world where rape is a game played by children, love can be shed like skin, and Niagara Falls dries up. I highly recommended “The Withdrawal Method”.

  • Ryan
    2019-02-20 22:51

    The Withdrawal Method is a collection of stories by Pasha Malla, and is something of a mixed bag. The stories featured in it range from the mundane to the fantastical, and from the morose to the joyful, making for an interesting read in general. The book's title, The Withdrawal Method, is very apropos - many of the stories, such as Dizzy When You Look Down In and Big City Girls, seem to end around two or three paragraphs before you would expect them to, in a sort of storius interruptus. At first this is kind of unsettling, and jolts you out of your experience of reading the book, but the more it happens, the more accustomed to it you become, which allows you to realize how effective of a storytelling device it is. Rather than jolt you out of the story, like you would assume a 'withdrawal' ending would; Malla does it in a way that draws you further into the story, desperate to supply an ending of your own. It inspires, which is something that all good art should try to do.I found Malla's writing to be at it's most effective when dealing with more fantastical elements, such as in the stories Being Like Bulls and The Love Life of the Automaton Turk. The former, a tale of a dystopian future where climate change has changed Niagara Falls into a landfill, takes on one of those themes so central to classical Canadian literature - how our identity is shaped by our environment. It also rather cynically looks at how willing people are to profane and destroy the majesty around them, and then also destroy even our memories of what majesty is, so that we don't have to live with ourselves knowing what we've given up.Overall, The Withdrawal Method is a tragically poignant collection of stories, and is a must-read for anyone interested in seeing where Canadian literature is heading in the 21st century.(in the interests of disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for writing a review about it)

  • Pamela
    2019-02-10 01:54

    I reviewed this collection for Gently Read Literature:Pasha Malla’s cleverly titled collection The Withdrawal Method features protagonists, most of them men, who feel themselves to be in emotional retreat. They have happenstance jobs, partners they don’t understand, family members they don’t speak to anymore. In “Timber on the Wheel of Everyone,” a man whose young son is ill with cancer lives largely in a fantasy world in which his selfless derring-do makes him a hero to his son and a scourge to his ex-wife. An eighteenth-century Austrian courtier decides that he is “a man trapped irrevocably in a realm of logic, distant from the enigmas of human emotion.” The protagonist of “The Slough” becomes repelled by his girlfriend after she reveals that she has found a way to shed her skin like a snake.Malla, a Canadian who was recently long-listed for the Giller Prize, his country’s top literary award, for this collection, is refreshingly unpredictable, injecting magical realism into some tales while letting others unfold in a conventional universe. Even the more conventional stories, however, possess a quirkiness that makes them memorable. In “Pet Therapy,” a young man works in a children’s hospital making sure that the Pet Therapy Ward bonobo doesn’t rape the Pet Therapy goats. The bullied fourth-grader in “Long Short Short Long” is convinced that his teacher is sending him secret Morse Code messages.Children appear in many of these tales, orphaned, neglected, or ill. They have more resourcefulness and energy than their adult counterparts, but are equally aware of some precariousness inherent in the order of things. In the powerful “Big City Girls,” a seven-year-old boy and his older sister and her friends play a sex game on a long, dull school snow day. Malla captures the way in which children intuit the entwined excitement and violence of adult sexuality:Alex was on top of the girl. He held his [toy pirate’s:] hook to her throat.Can you be Jordan Knight when you rape me? said Heather’s voice in the dark.Okay, what do I say?Just be slow and nice, she said.Okay, said Alex. Okay.… I guess I’m dead now, said Heather. Where do I go?The ways of men and women together are not pretty in Malla’s world. Sex as often creates distance as connection. Malla is particularly good on the naked dislike that can develop between long-term lovers. In “The Slough,” the main character is teasing his girlfriend by nudging her with his foot while she studies for a class. She tells him to stop:He nudged again and she looked at him, exasperated. “What?”“I love you,” he said.She stared at him. “And?”“And do you love me?”“No, I hate you.”“Really?”“Yes.”For all their fierceness, these are sly, leisurely stories that don’t readily signal where they’re heading or the effect the author may mean them to have, though in retrospect they drop hints suggesting that their surface aimlessness is deceptive. Malla is a painstaking literary mechanic, and funny, too, with a great ear for colloquial speech. The deepest registers of emotion are reached in “Big City Girls,” “Respite” (which unsentimentally describes a writers’s volunteer visits to the home of a dying child), “Timber on the Wheel of Everyone,” and “Dizzy When You Look Down In,” a story about two brothers, one seriously ill with diabetes. Dizzy, the diabetic brother, is undergoing an operation to have a foot amputed; his well sibling, the narrator, waits in a hospital lounge trying to make sense of the pieces of Dizzy’s life. A gifted high school basektball player, Dizzy deliberately sabotaged both his academic future and his physical health. Why? Was it his radical politics? His resentment over being diabetic? His propensity for getting stoned? We are never told for sure, and don’t need to be. Who could truly explain such a thing anyhow? The mysteries that make so many of Malla’s characters withdraw, overwhelmed by life, are mysteries that enrich his stories and encourage us to more than one reading. I think Malla knows a little more than he lets his readers in on, but I appreciate his sophisticated ambiguities. Closure is overrated.

  • Kane Faucher
    2019-01-21 21:36

    The calibre of a short story collection is generally gauged by how well the stories "play together". Pasha Malla is certainly the kind of writer who has the instinct to make short stories hold together in a thematic cohesion. And if we were to evaluate this collection, we would find that it does resonate. The subjects in the stories themselves, from the future drying up of Niagara Falls and an allegorical tale of filmmakers following the lives of fathers from adolescence to eventual death, places Malla in a heritage reminiscent of acclaimed UK author, Will Self. This collection is certainly quirky, irreverent, and filled with novelty that breaks with the stale formulas for short story writing. At times, Malla unfurls his tale with the mystique of Borges, and other times it reads like Jerzy Kosinski's Steps. Not that Malla could in any way be called an emulator since his voice is candidly his own. These stories, no matter how fantastical their premise, resonate with a realism where things don't always add up, resolution is deferred, and so much is left unsaid.No matter how esoteric some of the tales may appear, they each operate as a kind of camera's aperture, offering the reader a small but poignant vignette on the human condition (without the overbearing woe and preachiness of an existentialist primer). There are times, however, where the technical prowess of the stories almost seems to take precedence over the stories themselves, but this should not be considered a critical deterrent. Malla's work cuts across two axes: the surface horizon of lighthearted reportage matched with the vertical depth of emotional involvement. Occasionally saucy, other times salty in its language, arranged with a bouquet of immediate catch-on references, The Withdrawal Method oscillates between the euphoria and dysphoria of tales that prove hard to abstain from.

  • Abeer Hoque
    2019-02-16 23:45

    I love Pasha Malla. I thought maybe his short story collection would be on the flippant side, and not just because of its (IMHO not very apt) title, but more because of his hilarious silly punts on McSweeneys.com. But no. The stories are mostly sad, a little bit funny, sometimes surreal, invested in the loss and manifest of what I call Americana but in this case should call Canadiana since most of the stories are set in Canadia, and this last quite unexpected quality: beautifully written. None of the stories is like the others, and I was continually amazed at how inside everyone's heads Pasha gets. Middle aged blue collar white dude? Check. Estranged adolescent daughter? Check. Renaissance courtier? Check. And he has to be a basketball nut and have spent some time in or thinking about hospitals. My only critique was that a couple of the stories have abrupt transitions, like they were written in parts, or from different perspectives and then mushed together ("The Slough" and the Automaton Turk one are two where I felt this). My favourite story was "The Past Composed" and I don't know why exactly. There was something clean and compelling about it, despite nothing drastic happening (no amputation, no bull in a china store, no chimp swallowing snake, no coma inducing accident). Naturally I didn't love all the stories, but I loved the writing throughout. Every story had a few sentences or phrases that were flat out gorgeous, bits of description, setting, detail (I wish I had written some quotes down). (It was also the book that made me realise that short stories are great for subway rides.) This is Pasha's first book and I'm much looking forward to his next.

  • Danielle
    2019-01-22 20:56

    In my hunt to understand the difference between mainstream and literature fiction, I came across this generality: mainstream fiction focuses on plot development while literature focuses on the development of the character(s). This can sometimes mean that in a work of literature, very little actually happens while the person is transformed, and I find that this can be dry.Pasha Malla has succeeded in writing short stories that are engaging and active while keeping the center of attention fixed to his characters. This is a tricky balance to strike and he does it with grace. None of the stories offer easy, neatly bundled conclusions and many of them seem to have elements of regret. All in all, they cause a reader to think and stay with you even as you move on to other books.He is a Canadian writer and uses Canadian locations, however none are too esoteric or unfamiliar for readers outside of the country or regions they are set in to picture and understand.Overall this is one of the best collections I have come across. If you enjoy Barbara Gowdy's quirky characters and gift for language you will enjoy Pasha Malla's writing.

  • A.J.
    2019-01-23 23:38

    This is simply one of the best recent short story collections I've run across; Pasha Malla's voice is so assured, his technique so polished, that you have to expect he'll become a major figure of the next wave of Canadian writers.Some of these stories, particularly "Being Like Bulls," in which Niagara Falls has dried up, rely on the magical. Some , like "Long Short Short Long," are entirely realist. Most are character-driven; some ("A Film We Made About Dads") are not. All are strong.A very impressive collection.

  • Ian
    2019-02-13 23:41

    Solid collection of short stories many of which touch on some uncomfortable themes and subject matter making the book feel in some ways like the literary equivalent of a Todd Solondz movie. Several of the stories also end on ambiguous notes that might make those who like their literature served pat and resolved unhappy, but Malla's sketches of the quirks of life and relationships are a dish worth savoring.

  • Tina
    2019-02-16 22:40

    I flew through this collection! I borrowed it from a friend who said I was would like it, and she definitely knows my taste. These stories were sad, tender, honest, thought-provoking, and, at times, hilarious. Interestingly, when I look back at the contents page it's really only the first 5 stories that I found very good; the rest were a little dull, unfortunately. I still really enjoyed the entire collection, though those first four stories were the only truly excellent ones. Malla also touches on cancer in a lot of his stories, which I was wary of reading about at first, since my best friend passed away from cancer last year, but he deals with it in a realistic yet heartbreaking way that suggests he's writing from experience. I appreciated his honesty towards the subject. Some of his stories also raise interesting questions/observations, such as "Big City Girls" - the second story. The depiction of pre-teen sexual confusion/interest was bang-on, but the lack of adult supervision was something to discuss (is it a lack?) as is whether or not the rather warped ideas the kids have really are warped or just a product of ignorance and misconception. Malla's coming-of-age stories seem to be the best ones, as the 4th and 5th stories were also two of best in my opinion. The last few stories in the collection were dry and/or overly bleak. At least with stories from a kid's perspective there's hope the bleakness will pass once they get older, but with "Timber" and "Respite" it was just depressing. Anyways, a very good collection of stories, specifically if you have someone to discuss it with afterwards. Seriously, the ten page "Big City Girls" provoked more interesting questions for me than the entire novel of The Night Circus , which I also just read.

  • Fathima Cader
    2019-01-21 23:52

    loved it. some of the opening stories felt like they were set in Toronto. i say this for no other reason than that i'm more than a little obsessed with Toronto right now and liable to read the city's presence into anything at the slightest provocation. and Malla's not actually from Toronto -- he's actually a newfie currently residing in the city of my heart, which makes it that much more interesting. am i being condescending? a little. only because he can handle it.he's a deft writer, doesn't force things, isn't in your face. things tend to be understated, subtle without being bland. there's one story in there, about a mechanical chess-player, that reminded me a little of Cloud Atlas (which i never finished, because i lost it on the bus, gawd). and there's a bit of flash fiction at the end. there's a story about a guy who hunts down pedophiles on the internet. and there's a story - the first - about a man in love with a woman whose skin is coming off. and there's the story about this one writer who has a terror of cliches, which is unfortunate, because then his girlfriend breaks up with him for his lack of gumption and i figure that's a pretty effing huge cliche to have to live.oh, spoiler.at no point does Malla ever explain why this anthology is called The Withdrawal Method, which both vexes and delights me.as it should, as it should.

  • Kevin Fanning
    2019-01-20 19:47

    I run a weblog about Pasha Malla, so I guess take as read that I'm a big fan of his writing.My favorite stories here were: Big City Girls, Pushing Oceans In and Pulling Oceans Out, Dizzy When You Look Down, and Respite (which had this one line in particular: "Sentences spilled into paragraphs spilled into chapters, while on the periphery Adriane came in and out of the apartment like the mechanical bird in a windup clock.")And I swear I read Pet Therapy somewhere before, but it's not listed as previously published in the credits. Anyways this is a very solid collection of short stories about people trying to figure out their place in the world, written with a kind of confidence that you'd expect from someone at the end of his career, not the beginning.I guess the thing for me is that Pasha has a lot of different styles of writing that he does, but this collection is a deep look into just one of his styles. Personally my favorite is the more humorous stuff he does, which I read with the dual emotions of "Wow this is funny and OMG I can't believe he's writing about this and pulling it off." He's got a like 3 other books coming out in the next year (novel, YA novel, and poetry), so I'm looking forward to see what styles he tackles next.

  • John
    2019-02-18 17:52

    See my Bookslut interview for more: http://www.bookslut.com/blog/archives...I picked up a copy of Pasha Malla's The Withdrawal Method, and I immediately thought of George Saunders' comedy tempered by a down-to-earth acceptance of reality, almost humility. Malla's stories explore the fantastic aspects of everyday life, from the meanderings of a lonely child and his favorite music teacher in the classroom to the 1980's definition of a latchkey child. And yet none of these become trite in the process. The last time I found myself this addicted to a book of short stories, I was on the verge of passing out from influenza on a G train with Elizabeth Crane's You Must Be This Happy to Enter. I didn't want my ride to the doctor's office to end simply because I wanted to read more about the town that lost its color. You have to love that feeling.Malla also wrote a book of poetry (he uses quotes with the term) entitled All Our Grandfathers Are Ghosts, and he has written quite often for the likes of Nerve and The Morning News. He's currently working on a novel due out by Anansi in 2010.

  • Denis
    2019-02-11 19:49

    The Withdrawal Method was longlisted for the 2008 Giller Prize, won the Trillum Book Prize (open to Ontario writers) and also the Writers' Union of Canada's Danuta Gleed Literary Award. And seeing that I've been into short story collections, lately, I was anxious to see what the fuss was about.Most of the protagonists have withdrawn from their lives, at least temporarily. They've become staid observers of their sobering circumstances and ponder on how they will continue. Throughout there are moments of pain, sadness, illness, and regular every day angst, but all generously sprinkled with humour and wit. Pasha Malla's style is steady and uncrompromising. Never does the story come off as maudlin and always the characters and their circumstances feel real. This is a great collection and I'm looking forward to reading this author's next book. If you'd like more on this collection, check out the following review. It's detailed and breaks down many of the stories within... http://quarterlyconversation.com/the-...

  • Maria
    2019-01-21 21:55

    I was impressed by the sheer range displayed in this debut collection of short stories. Most of the stories are written in first-person, realistic mode, evoking relationship dramas at various life stages. "Long Short Short Long" and "Respite" were my favorites in this category. In "Pulling Oceans In and Pulling Oceans Out" he like, totally nails the voice of a preadolescent girl. "Being Like Bulls," with its dystopian theme park setting, is reminiscent of George Saunders. In "The Love Life of the Automaton Turk," I thought I discerned the influence of Cesar Aira, an Argentine writer who is also known for his range.

  • Suzanne
    2019-02-11 20:43

    A very diverse and engrossing collection of stories. I completely devoured the first story "The Slough" (about a girl wanting to literally and metaphorically shed her skin) in one sitting while having lunch by myself at a local pub. Needless to say, my fries were rather cold by the time I finished reading.While I found most of the tales to be spot-on fantastic, a few of the longer selections seemed to drag on somewhat for me, such as "Being Like Bulls" and "The Love Life of the Automaton Turk." For me, Malla's strength is in his brevity and the range of emotion which he can display with such few words.

  • Allison
    2019-01-28 18:44

    I enjoyed this collection, although I found it a bit uneven and I really think it's a stretch to compare it to Lorrie Moore (but I love Lorrie Moore in a sort of unnatural unlimited almost-creepy way, so...). A few of the stories seem unnaturally truncated, a sort of "if I end it right now it will seem daring and post-modern in a resisting-closure sort of way" which I just found frustrating. I love the Niagara Falls story -- actually as the collection went on the stories got better. There's a lot of quirky-funny-sad in the stories -- I look forward to seeing this author's voice progress and mature.

  • Ian
    2019-02-02 22:42

    Stellar inagural collection by Toronto author Malla, who possesses a finely tuned, utterly contemporary voice. The world of these stories is off-beat and unpredictable. It's a place where relationships between men and women are more likely to be strained and broken than not. The author's great strength is writing compelling narratives that flow smoothly toward conclusions that surprise and satisfy. Mostly, these stories are about men and women failing to connect. Written with humour and compassion. A fun read.

  • Allison
    2019-01-27 23:36

    Lots of dark places of humanity were traversed in this book of short stories. The plumbing was little too deep for me to actually like it, though I acknowledge the mastery of rapid character/plot establishment. Malla has an interesting combination of immaturity/maturity in his tone. May have something to do with his use of adverbs and frequent delving into minds of children.

  • Eric Jeffery
    2019-01-22 18:55

    yep really liked it - contemporary canadian suburbia literature. my favourite stories were the ones that were a little bit dystopian, like the one about smashing tacky gift shops in a post-apocalyptic niagara falls, or the first story "The SLoughing" about a couple that takes chinese medicine to help get over cancer.

  • Bullet
    2019-02-05 19:42

    I think Pasha Malla is going to be one of the next great post-modern(?) authors, and I have been eager to find more of his stories. The stories in The Withdrawal Method are disturbing and subtle, and oddly relate-able. I was excited to find this collection of shorts, and I am excited to explore more of Malla's works. Keep an eye out for this guy.

  • Sara
    2019-02-19 00:51

    i became obsessed with the newness of malla's voice and put the book down, enamored and caught in a reverie that sustained me but also caused my attention span to atrophy. with renewed gusto i embarked on the remainder of the stories in this collection in an afternoon and early evening, stories that come back to me when walking or waiting in line at the grocery store.

  • Stephanie Spines
    2019-02-18 17:37

    I liked this collection of quirky short stories although I must admit, I did skip Timber on the Wheel of Everyone because I found it really boring in comparison to the others. I enjoyed most of the others. I love and hate short stories because they always end abruptly, making you wish you got to know the characters a bit better, but Malla does them well.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-01 21:46

    Wow, that story about basketball bored me so hard I almost stopped reading this halfway through. Fortunately, I kept going because "The Love Life of the Automaton Turk" was awesome. Actually, except for the basketball story, I quite enjoyed all of these stories. More or less.

  • Brett
    2019-02-06 19:04

    Loved it, loved it, loved it. For a first collection, I was quite impressed by the breadth of subject matter and tone to this intriguing short stories, and can only HOPE that his first novel contains one TENTH of the inventiveness and beauty of writing. Kudos!

  • Jill B
    2019-02-02 20:39

    An unexpected book!! A book club choice. The author is a friend of a friend. I loved it. The stories are odd, sometimes messed up. They don't necessarily flow from one to the other, but I loved them all! I was sold by the first one. I wanted a novel! So great.

  • Patrick Finlay
    2019-02-13 00:38

    some good stories in here, the personal ones are the more powerful ones. he also had a good article in "maisonneuve" last month.

  • Nikki Vogel
    2019-02-08 01:05

    There are some truly heart-breaking stories within. Malla doesn't shy away from anything.

  • Coralee Leroux
    2019-01-28 23:02

    I don't know why I put this down for so long. I great collection of short stories.