Praise for Clark Blaise
Award Recipient from the Academy of Arts & Letters
Officer of the Order of Canada
“The elegant stories in The Meagre Tarmac constitute a warning of sorts the old tables are turning.”Margaret Atwood, The New York Review of Books
"Blaise is probably the greatest living Canadian writer most Canadians have never heard of."
Quill & Quire
"On the leading edge of world literature."
John Barber, Globe and Mail
"The Meagre Tarmac is a naked instance of appropriation of voicea literary felony justified in this case by the results."
Philip Marchand, National Post
"Not to be forgotten ... is Clark Blaise's collection The Meagre Tarmac, wherein a writer's writer excelled himself and got more attention than he has received in a long time, though still not as much as he deserves."Ian McGillis, Gazette
"You know it's going to be a stellar year for fiction when Clark Blaise publishes something. The Meagre Tarmac ... demonstrates yet again that Blaise is one of the continent's master authors."Uptown
"What holds the collection together is Blaise's mastery of the short story, his ability to give us a whole personality and the sensuous particularity of lived experiences in a handful of pages."
Steven Hayward, Globe and Mail
"Blaise meticulously conveys a sense of connection and isolation in the lives of Indian immigrants who are detached from their former lives and country, 'untethered to any earth,' and yet are shape and guided by that absence ... Such connection is beautifully contrasted by the way the opening stories fracture a single family's narrative into multiple perspectives, illustrating the divide that separates people from one another and rendering it more tangible than any geographical border. In the end, The Meagre Tarmac is like a slow exclamation caught halfway between a sigh and laughter, between hope and despair, connection and dissonance."Canadian Literature