A seeing-eye dog leads a blind man into a frozen river, a southern Baptist loses his memory and finds true love in Bel Air, an obese dot.com executive has "anorgasmic" latex sex with her CEO, and a homeless man in New York creates an intellectual universe based on Post-it notes stuck to the inside of his cardboard box shelter--Douglas Glover's stories are wildly inventive, deadpan comedies of our universal human catastrophe. They are sly, demanding and wise--stories about language, desire and love (in a very dark place). The humor veers from the wry and sardonic to the salacious, mordant and playful. And always there are moments of such stark emotional intimacy that the reader slides, almost without noticing, from laughter to lament.
About the Author
Douglas Glover won the Governor Generals Award for fiction for Elle in November 2003, propelling this unusual historical novel onto bestseller lists throughout Canada. Even though he is always working outside the box, Glovers works of fiction have gained acclaim from the most attentive critics. A Canadian itinerant, Glover grew up on the family tobacco farm in southwestern Ontario, studied philosophy at York University and the University of Edinburgh, and then worked on a series of daily newspapers in New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan before earning his MFA at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1982. He is the author of four story collections, four celebrated novels (Precious, The South Will Rise at Noon, The Life and Times of Captain N and Elle), and a book of essays, Notes Home from a Prodigal Son. Glover's fiction has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Russian, and French, and his stories have been frequently anthologized.
Table of Contents
|Iglaf and Swan||3|
|State of the Nation||19|
|Dog Attempts to Drown Man in Saskatoon||27|
|The Obituary Writer||47|
|A Man in a Box||67|
|A Guide to Animal Behaviour||95|
|The Indonesian Client||99|
|Why I Decide To Kill Myself and Other Jokes||129|
|Bad News of the Heart||145|
|A Piece of the True Cross||191|
What People are Saying About This
Douglas Glover is a writer of the greatest and most variegated gifts.
His language is crisp, taut, and true, and he ought to be read in the context of Beckett and Cortázar.
These inventive, darkly funny stories move between the poles of sex and death.