In stories both absurd and all-too-real, Christopher Evans paints a portrait of the uncanniness of modern life.
The president of a holistic dog food company is haunted by a pop song from her past. Nine siblings band together to raise themselves after parental abandonment. A domestic argument reveals a woman’s supernatural gift. A failing musician finds his calling soundtracking another man’s life.
Christopher Evans's stories are people with strays — those who fall for the allure of nostalgia, grapple with male fragility, deny family trauma, and acquiesce to authority. For these characters, resignation and reinvention are only a breath apart.
Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth is a bold debut collection that sits at the threshold of expectation and reality.
About the author
CHRISTOPHER EVANS is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing Program and a former Prose Editor for PRISM international. His work has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, New Quarterly, Lifted Brow, EVENT, Maisonneuve, and elsewhere and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He currently teaches creative writing to children in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
The stories of Christopher Evans’s accomplished first book read as confident and effortless; they’re assured and mature, as though sprung fully-formed from the proverbial shell … Presented by a surefooted writer, the gallery of characters in Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth fascinates. Under Evans’s capable hands squabbling couples, disgruntled teens, and lovers with stricken hearts command attention as they reach and stumble and reach once again for happiness, contentment, love, or an untroubled sense that everything is running smoothly at last.
Evans is adept at identifying the disconnect that exists between reality and people’s individual perceptions of their world … Evans builds his entertaining stories upon a mixture of relatable ordinary life experiences and his characters’ personal viewpoints. This draws in readers as the stories in Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth reflect our lives and the crazy world around us.
Winnipeg Free Press
This is a wonderful collection from a sure-footed writer with a great ear for dialogue. Meticulously observed, the stories illustrate how ordinary life often thrums with mysterious, elusive truths just waiting to be grasped, if only we are brave enough.
Evans excels at succinct portraiture, saying a lot with a little in brief, intriguingly premised stories … A refreshingly different debut collection from a writer to watch.
In his relentlessly entertaining debut collection, Christopher Evans presents a series of arch depictions of what it means to be imperfectly human and vulnerable in a troubling and troublesome modern world.