Funny, smart and sharply composed, Nick McArthur's debut book is just what the title suggests — a tome on brevity and heartbreak, - an all-out exploration of weirdness. At its heart, Short Accounts of Tragic Occurrences is a full account of failure, and an inventory of loss. The trials and deprivations probed in McArthur's fiction are of the direst variety: a promising sandwich goes completely uneaten; in another, an elderly woman devolves into a ball of flesh; a high-ranking government official falls madly in love with his fax machine, only to find that his love unrequited. With a wry manner and quick gait, Short Accounts of Tragic Occurrences is a bold gambit from a unique voice in Canadian writing.
Nick McArthur grew up in Newcastle, Ontario, and currently makes his home in Montreal. His work has appeared in Matrix, Pistol, and Headlight 8, and he is a regular contributor to Xtranormal.
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