“Some of the narrator’s insights are expressed so beautifully that if you heard them over and over…you would memorize them or, if there were people around, start demanding silence for them…” -Lee Sheppard, The Rusty Toque
“All of the stories here…have a broken-in quality that sucks you right in, like you’re finally learning the backstories of all the regulars at a small-town bar…” –David Berry, The National Post
“[A] series of emotionally complex visions rich with colloquial dialogue…”
–Andrew Patterson, The Coast
“A cast of guarded characters surveying the barriers they’ve created, but never fully understanding why these barriers are created in the first place. Preventing the trespassing of the bad, but also the good. Photo-realistic renderings of lives at impasse and the unclear way forward…”
–Dylan T. Green, Weird Canada
“This is an excellent collection of short stories by a Canadian renaissance woman… I’ve seen her perform as a gifted actress and here she is writing these captivating stories that seamlessly blend witty humour and earthy gravitas.” -CBC blog post What’cha Readin’?
“It is charming, but more than that. Absolutely unique, and engaging…”
“These stories can be frustratingly truncated—often ending just as we’ve fallen for their subjects… [H]er ability to carve tragedy, humour, and insight into each vignette leaves us wanting more. And that’s a good thing.”
-Mark Teo, This Magazine
“I’ve come to think of music and storytelling as intertwined processes at the root of identity. For example, a song can be viewed as a cultural artifact that exists outside us, as well as an extension of a natural musicality within us. I’m thinking of a very cool researcher named Colwyn Trevarthen as I answer this. He uses the metaphor of ‘musicality’ to describe processes of synchronization that bind our impulses and experiences into a flow of action that can be described in terms of narrative. The ongoing story of who we are, as individuals and members of community. Music and story in our lives can easily go unnoticed, like the functioning of our vital organs goes unnoticed. But when we’re engaged in deliberate synchrony at a show, for example, or storytelling at a group meeting, those parts of us can get amplified. This amplification might be like the effect of a ritualized silence or mediation, where the involuntariness of breathing is suddenly felt as an awareness of life.”
Read the full story by See Collective’s Kerry Ssemugenyi.