How does a man or an artist express his deepest grief at what he has lost? How does he express his desperate disappointment at living? For a man, an artist, such as the reclusive G. Brandon Sisnett, it is by writing stories of death, decay, and resurrection such as these. At first, these pages seem a random collection of stories, fragments, and miscellany, some previously published, many not; some long, others very oddly brief; some linked by obvious preoccupation with death, whereas others could not be farther apart in tone or content. Occasionally, scenes are echoed in other stories, but with slightly different outcomes. Inexplicably, a number of characters are based on those of other authors. And what of the recurrence of the word "Fairfield" either as city, state of mind, person, or idea? Is Fairfield the surname of an English doctor who treated Sisnett's daughter before she died? The name of an obscure hospital in Botswana? Or perhaps the strange presage of Elysium?
Robert Edison Sandiford (born 1968) is a Canadian novelist, short story writer and essayist. Born in Montreal, Quebec. In 2003, his short story "Reckoning" was awarded the Barbados Governor General's Award for Literary Excellence.
"This tightly paced narration and deft use of language is key to the success of a demanding form defined by its brevity. Sandiford celebrates the genre for “the tremendous amount that can be said in a short story … how brilliant the language can be, more so because it’s told in such a concentrated form.” And he displays the ability to take full advantage of these features."
–The Montreal Review of Books 2016
“This collection offer some lovable characters dealing with grim aspects of existence, beautiful prose, and many moments for reflection on life’s enigmas and complexity.”
– H. Nigel Thomas, Montreal Community Contact, March 2016