In this latest collection of short fiction, Evelyn Lau's elegant prose explores the complexity of human relationships. Though they long to be chosen, the women in Lau's stories are drawn to men they can't have, men whose allure fades the more available they become. The wives and lovers of those men confront each other with a discordant mix of admiration and jealousy.
In the novella, "Choose Me," Becky's attraction to Warner is equalled in intensity by her fascination with Annabelle, his aging but still glamorous wife. Zoe, the young poet of "Family," retreats from Douglas when she realizes that their involvement will never rival the "grand passion" he once shared with his wife. In "Suburbia," Belinda is increasingly disgusted by every aspect of her lover, as more and more she comes to see him through his wife's disappointed gaze.
With a precise eye and a deft touch, Lau explores the ambiguous motives that propel her characters into emotional and sexual entanglements. Lau's use of language is controlled, and her images sensuously described.
Evelyn Lau is the 27-year-old author of six books. Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid (1989), Lau's first book, remained on The Globe and Mail bestseller list for 30 weeks, and has been published in several countries around the world. Her poetry collection Oedipal Dreams was shortlisted for a Governor General's Award. She lives in British Columbia.
"Evelyn Lau writes like she was touched by the wing of a lost angel." --Pat Conroy
"Evelyn Lau trespasses into the shadows of her reader's curiosity. Her stories are stark, compelling and poignant. Stunned and oddly stirred, the reader turns to the next page, the next story. Ms. Lau uses the very sharp point of her pen to tattoo her stories onto the reader's mind, where they remain long after the book is closed." --Clarissa Pinkola Estes, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves