You Are Not Needed Now (Anvil Press)
Who: Annette Lapointe is a Winnipeg-based professor and writer whose first book of short fiction, You Are Not Needed Now, was just published by Anvil Press.
Why You Need to Read This Now:
This is a collection that will grease the existential wheels; it will ask, what is anyone's purpose? What happens when the world becomes overwhelming? The stories centre on a range of strange, off-kilter scenarios: a pregnant woman who finds body parts while cleaning out a neighbour's fridge; the dead dropping by to cry and watch TV; a civil servant whose love of home decor websites leads to crimes; a single father who is attacked by porcupines; an arsonist who is given too many stuffed animals; among others. This is a collection for anyone who enjoys the strange, vulgar, and messy, the boundary between commonplace and strange. It's a collection that gets down to the nit and grit of its characters, giving us an intimate glimpse into what makes them tick; we feel their vulnerabilities, humiliations and vanities along with them.
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