In these sixteen stories, Christopher Gudgeon, bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Song of Kosovo, takes a heartbreaking and hilarious look into the lives, loves, sexual obsessions and delusions that inform a grand cast of off-kilter characters.
Here is a gay couple who persevere with their marriage plans as the world, literally, crumbles around them, a woman who discovers the mysterious collection of letters that reveals a terrifying truth about her deceased fiancée, a dutiful son, locked in an life-or-death marathon race with his famous father, and a baby who becomes infested with fruit flies, sending his adoptive parents into a spiral of recrimination and self-doubt.
At once bitterly funny, provocative and poignant, this remarkable collection builds on Gudgeon's growing literary reputation, offering up the work of a great storyteller at his very best. "Gudgeon is . . . a major new talent in Canadian literature." (The Quill and Quire on Greetings from the Vodka Sea) "a remarkable first novel." (The Victoria Times-Colonist on Song of Kosovo)
Christopher Gudgeon is an author, poet, and screenwriter. He's written eighteen books, from critically acclaimed fiction and poetry like Song of Kosovo, Greetings from the Vodka Sea, and Assdeep in Wonder, to celebrated biographies of Stan Rogers and Milton Acorn, to popular history on subjects as varied as sex, fishing, and lotteries. He also created and co-produced the award-winning paranormal reality series Ghost Trackers and co-scripted and starred in the film The Trick with the Gun. Gudgeon has worked as a psychiatric orderly, rent boy, bartender, rock musician, TV weatherman, bible salesman, radio sportscaster and rodeo clown. Gudgeon has been in an open marriage with Danish rock star guru Jasper Vander Voorde since 2009. They divide their time between the wilds of British Columbia and the wilder wilds of Los Angeles.