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Dead Flowers.

Dead Flowers

Alexander Laidlaw

Nightwood Editions

c/o Harbour Publishing (dist.)

9780889713550 $19.95 pbk / $13.25 Kindle

Synopsis: An anonymous writer stays up late into the night penning personal and inappropriate letters to a local public official. A new father and cook at a Montreal cafe chronicles the tyrannical rise of a new manager. An eccentric young student, in trying to carve out a space for herself, deals an existential blow to her roommate. Dead Flowers is a collection of stories featuring characters who have become estranged from the trajectory of their lives, yet must grapple with youth, love, isolation, drugs, friendship and the changing of seasons. These are stories of peripheral tragedies, moral ambivalence and compromise, chance and how we are shaped by what finds us.

Critique: Dead Flowers is an anthology of poignant short stories about characters who have drifted apart from the normal course of their lives. They face amoral tragedies both dour and bizarre. They may or may not learn from their complex predicaments, but perhaps the reader will? Dead Flowers is fascinating to the very last page, and highly recommended for connoisseurs of original fiction. It should be noted for personal reading lists that Dead Flowers is also available in a Kindle edition ($13.25).

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Author:Bethany, Susan
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Dec 1, 2019
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