The protagonists of Miller's stories tend to be slackers, self-centered underdogs, or victims of fate. They have difficulty relating to others and holding on to jobs and relationships. In the title story, a grad-school dropout loses his girlfriend to a roller derby league before contemplating (and eventually failing at) a suicide attempt. In another story, a man loses his job and ends up letting go of everything else in his life, including his friends, neighbours, and ultimately his wife, as he watches a parade float lose control and catch fire from his balcony. Then there's a man who dreads the arrival of his ex-wife, who is dropping off their son for a visit, while his neighbourhood is in turmoil after a recent bear attack. These men tend to be survivors who fail to see how fortunate they are, and who watch helplessly as their lives fall apart, but only because they fail to act.
D. D. Miller
D. D. Miller is originally from Nova Scotia but has lived, worked and studied all across the country. His work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies including The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Eleven Eleven: Journal of Literature and Art. His first collection of short stories David Foster Wallace Ruined My Suicide and Other Stories was released in 2014. As the Derby Nerd, Miller is known around North America for his writing and commentary on roller derby, one of the world's fastest growing sports. He lives in Toronto.
"D. D. Miller's debut story collection will probably raise a few eyebrows with its shamelessly provocative title. And for the the most part, these tales live up to that promised audaciousness. .. The subject matter is masculinity, complete with beer, pornography, and bad choices. " - Quill & Quire
"All in all, D. D. Miller weaves stories about deeply flawed characters who, on a basic level, don?t know how to handle themselves or the people around them; ultimately Miller?s characters are alone in their heads with the greatest strangers of all ? themselves. " - Eleven Eleven Journal
"Yet, as will all satire, the humour also stings. We laugh, but somewhat hesitantly, as the humour exposes a disquieting discomfort that emerges when we read D. D. Miller?s excellent collection: like the narrator in "Seeing Your Own" experiences, we may experience the disquieting discomfort that arises when we look at ourselves. " - Fiddlehead
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