- Short-listed, Commonwealth Writers' Prize — Best First Book
- Winner, Trillium Book Award
- Commended, Globe and Mail Top 100 Best Books of the Year
- Winner, Danuta Gleed Literary Award
- Long-listed, Scotiabank Giller Prize
Winner of the Trillium Award
Pasha Malla's extraordinary stories grant us entry into fascinating worlds: the complex world of children acting out half-understood fantasies of adulthood; the modern world of young couples navigating hairpin emotional turns; a near future world where Niagara Falls has run dry.
The Withdrawal Method is a remarkably inventive, assured, and smart collection from one of our best young writers, one who pairs emotional depth with great technical skill. These extraordinary stories peel back layers to reveal the strange, the wondrous, the unexpected.close this panel
These stories are weird and wild and wonderful. Funny, too. Pasha Malla has a deft touch.
Pasha Malla's remarkable debut collection The Withdrawal Method is a sign (or warning) of things to come.
Dazzling debut...written in a language that is fresh and imbued with great feeling.
Malla's technical skills are...reminiscent of Munro...His handling of society's unfortunates is very Barbara Gowdy...Buy The Withdrawal Method.
Malla's style is sharp and funny...Malla manages to make us chuckle at the absurdity of life...the collection is amusing and affecting, an accomplished first book by a writer to watch.
...Pasha Malla's intriguing first short-fiction collection...reveal[s] his tenacious skill...Sophisticated and unpretentious...each story of The Withdrawal Method has been carefully layered to affect the reader in a similarly subtle and profound way, making a lasting impression with its integrity and narrative skill.
[F]or my money one of the best young writers in Canada [is] Pasha Malla.
...[The Withdrawal Method is] an astonishing and bizarre mix...Pasha Malla is an impressive young voice that gives one hope for a future of new Canadian writing talent...
Like David Foster Wallace and Rick Moody, Malla often asks painful questions, revealing equally painful truths.
A polished, confident storyteller...An invigorating mix of seriousness, humour, and candour.
...display[s] an engaging combination of imagination and emotion....splendidly creative....an absolute gem....Life is anything but ordinary in the hands of this gifted writer.
...Pasha Malla's debut collection signals the arrival of a talented newcomer to Canadian fiction.
...expertly handled...disturbingly credible...[Pasha Malla] never falters with various children's points of view, and his development of these uncontrived plots is seamless...These are strong stories that confront complex, irresolvable moral problems. Definitely worth reading.
...devoted to the timeless narrative rewards of the fickle human heart...honest and confident stories...the bittersweet mixture of loss and humour bubble through.