Winner of the 2018 Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction
Runner-Up for the 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award
Shortlisted for the 2018 Alastair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction
In Peninsula Sinking, David Huebert brings readers an assortment of Maritimers caught between the places they love and the siren call of elsewhere. From submarine officers to prison guards, oil refinery workers to academics, each character in these stories struggles to find some balance of spiritual and emotional grace in the world increasingly on the precipice of ruin. Peninsula Sinking offers up eight urgent and electric meditations on the mysteries of death and life, of grief and love, and never shies away from the joy and horror of our submerging world.
David Huebert’s stories have won the CBC Short Story Prize, the Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize, and The Dalhousie Review’s short story contest. His fiction has also been shortlisted for the Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award and published in magazines such as enRoute, Grain, Matrix, and The Puritan. David is the author of the poetry collection We Are No Longer The Smart Kids In Class (Guernica, 2015) and the winner of The Walrus’ 2016 Poetry Prize. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, David currently lives in London, Ontario, where he’s completing a PhD and a novel about southwestern Ontario oil.
PRAISE FOR PENINSULA SINKING
“[Peninsula Sinking] establishes Huebert as one of Canada's most impressive young writers ... the stories are far-reaching, but tightly woven, each focused on characters in significant moments of development or change.”—Robert Wiersma, Quill & Quire
“A sense of wonderment penetrates the everyday lives of characters from the Maritimes in this well-crafted, compelling collection that displays a mastery of classical short-story structure and technique. Huebert’s vibrant language juxtaposes tough characters with tender preoccupations, creating narratives that are unsettling and mesmerizing, making ordinary moments in relationships thrilling and dangerous.”—Danuta Gleed Literary Award Jury
“Peninsula Sinking comes on like weather: A gust, then calm, then a whiteout, then sheet lightning followed by a bone-soaking warmth as another treacherous cloudbank forms in the distance. David Huebert’s prose doesn’t flag, not once. Each sentence is alive and crackling. His turns of phrase will catch your breath in your throat. These stories will sweep you up.”—Laurie D. Graham, author of Rove
“…one of those young writers who has the ability and confidence to present the everyday in extraordinary ways. Many of his characters are seemingly trapped not only by common demands and current circumstances but also by their own desire to be unambitious. His characters might sometimes be a little lost, but like David Huebert’s writing they often soar far above the mundane and demand to be hard.”—David Layton, author of The Dictator
PRAISE FOR DAVID HUEBERT
“A paean to intimacy and to things rarely seen, ‘Enigma’ is an eloquent meditation on the mystery of life and death, love and grief, both human and animal. This is a vivid personal narrative of remarkable spiritual and emotional grace.”—CBC Short Story Prize Jury
“I was impressed by the way that “Colloquium: J.T. Henry and Lady Simcoe on Early Ontario Petrocolonialism” repurposes historical texts to frame the ongoing violence of extraction and dispossession within the language of early settlers.”—Damien Rogers
“These poems have the keys to the zoo, and they’re ready to let the wild rumpus start.”—Geoffery Morrison