In these ten short stories, Caroline Adderson adopts a brilliant array of perspectives ranging from that of a nineteenth-century prospector, to a chambermaid in WWI Victoria, to two long-time friends trying to sort out the eighties. The intensity of these deeply imagined stories is stunning.
'Adderson is one of this country's best -- and least heralded -- short-story writers. Like Lisa Moore, Adderson's stories have been characterized as ''difficult'' by people groomed to expect some neat moral at the close, or some clever twist — la Poe or Maupassant. Adderson, who rightly acknowledges that stories are closer in spirit to poetry than to novels, is more interested in language than in traditional notions of plot or character development; her stories are small stylistic masterpieces. Never showy or ornate, they epitomize Jonathan Swift's prescription for good writing: ''Proper words in proper places.'' Although in Adderson's case, the word ''proper'' should be understood as ''unexpected and delightful.'' '
'... a collection that challenges the soul as well as the intellect.'
'Astonishing. There really isn't another word to describe Caroline Adderson's first book, Bad Imaginings, a collection of 10 stories so superior it is almost impossible to believe the author is only 30 years old -- though it is entirely possible to see why she was recently nominated for a Governor General's Award.... These often funny and always adventurous stories are deeply felt and wildly imagined tributes to our own fragile, blinkered lives. And they fulfil the only real condition of art: they make you feel richer for having read them.'
'... wit, flair for language, and wickedly uninhibited perception.'
'Bad Imaginings is the sort of book that stays with a reader long after it has been closed. A singular book, deep and mature. Caroline Adderson deserves congratulations.'