2008 Paperback New Nightwood Editions 2008 Review"Taking the Stairs is subtle, desperation-laced with bits of hope that compel it forward with improbable force. It's Stiles'
best, and a winner by all accounts."--Corb Lund (Corb Lund ) "Taking the Stairs is an utterly winning, Kafkaesque novel, set first in small town Glenville and later in Toronto, about Jarod Palmer's desperate and inescapable love affair with being a writer, being dumped by calculating, duplicitous girls and tortured by the obtuse and well-meaning Elliot. From beginning to end-from teenage adoration for Lana Banana, to traumatic talent contests, penniless days spent in bed, low-paid jobs, rejection slips, phone calls, film scripts and short stories-it is horny, abject, real, funny and grand."--Annie Freud (Annie Freud ) "Taking the Stairs is a coming-of-age novel that is all telling details and offbeat touches. It is a novel by someone who still knows the power of small town secrets. The story follows Nova Scotia lad Jarod Palmer from
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