Struggling with the sudden, nagging notion that his mother once assassinated a prominent neo-Nazi leader, Bena performance artist, about to turn 40doesn’t know where to turn. His parents are both dead and his brother, having previously been institutionalized, is a lousy source of information. In a non-chronological montage of memories, this inventive tale blends suburban realism with out-of-body surrealism as Ben travels back and forth through life events, attempting to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Stuart Ross is the author of Buying Cigarettes for the Dog; Dead Cars in Managua; and Hey, Crumbling Balcony! He lives in Cobourg, Ontario.
"A moving and funny novel . . . Unlike other poets-turned-novelists, Ross understands the power of both poetry and clear prose . . . . Ross’s writing compels." Winnipeg Free Press (April 2, 2011)
"Ross’s fiction, always at least slightly absurd or surreal, is frequently humorous. Occasionally, it is more deeply affecting. The reader who appreciates Ross’s aestheticas well as the challenges it posesshould mostly enjoy Buying Cigarettes for the Dog." Quill & Quire
"Consistently minimalist and nostalgic but also variously touching, hilarious, and sad." Booklist (March 15, 2011)
"A short, yet powerful journey of discovery and healing, portrayed through a series of memory based vignettes. . . . The disjointed nature of the narration lures readers into a dream-like state, and gives the reader a more intimate, complete understanding of the characters than would be possible in a more traditional style." www.Suite101.com (April 1, 2011)
"Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew succeeds not only because of Ross's distinctive style, but also because he can think and feel with the best of them, and shows maturity of vision without sacrificing the childish sense of play and absurdity his readers expect from him." “Globe and Mail (June 21, 2011)