In nine memorable new stories and with tragicomic flair, acclaimed master of the short form Richard Cumyn dramatizes lives in tumult and transition. If the sign for migrant soul is an enigma, this remarkably upbeat and innovative collection is anything but.
RICHARD CUMYN is the author of nine books of fiction. A past fiction editor of The Antigonish Review, he has been published widely in Canada in such literary journals as The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Grain, PRISM International and Event. He has been shortlisted twice for the ReLit Award, was a finalist for a National Magazine Award (essay), and was long-listed for the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. His screen adaptation of Susan Kerslake's novel, Penumbra, won a 1998 Linda Joy Media Arts Award. He has taught fiction at the Maritime Writers' Workshop, read his work in the Dalhousie University, St. Jerome's (Waterloo) and Lorenzo (UNBSJ) reading series and has been short-term writer in residence at St. Mary's University. He lives in Edmonton.
"The migrant souls in Richard Cumyn's new story collection move like shoals of fish, not fully aware that the structures they create together make them, sometimes despite their own wayward inclinations, social beings. Cumyn is a superb stylist with a wry sense of humour. These stories will churn inside you long after you're finished reading them." - Kevin Chong, Author of Beauty Plus Pity & The Plague