Andrew Hood's debut collection heralds a young talent with an irresistible style and merciless eye. These unapologetic stories deal with an assortment of foolish self-destructive small town anti-heroes. They are unlikely odes and elegies for human shabbiness.A newly-wed conjures a ghost in an attempt to contact her absent husband. A seventeen year old is blackmailed into buying drugs for his English teacher. A tumescent young Blue Jay's fan and his tumor-addled sister are swept up in the tempest of the Blue Jay's 1989 run for the World Series. An estranged stepmother and stepson embark on a pilgrimage to the Michael Jackson trial.Hood's cleverly wrought lyrical prose is the perfect foil for a prevailing lack of forgiveness, which becomes the overriding monstrosity of each story. Every character wants only to be pardoned, but will not, themselves, grant it.
Maisonneuve Magazine called Andrew Hood “one of Canada’s most criminally undervalued writers.” Both his works of fiction, The Cloaca (Invisible Publishing) and Pardon Our Monsters (Véhicule), received wide praise, winning him multiple accolades, including the Danuta Gleed Award. Hood lives in Guelph, Ontario.
"Andrew Hood is a young (really young), driven (really driven), perceptive, under-the-skin writer. He's the real deal, and coming on strong; this is a writer you'll want to hitch a ride with from the outset, as the journey promises to be monumental." --Trevor Ferguson
"Andrew Hood's Pardon Our Monsters, simply put, is a powerhouse of artistry and reveals to us a writer in whom enormous talent deeply abides." --Montreal Review of Books
"It feels good and true and timeless. This story rivals the legendary best. Purely as a trigger for our deepest, intuitive understanding of humans and the world, it's flawless. It instantly swept away 40 of my years. I don't know how to say, in this few words, why, when the book gets good, it gets uncannily, magnificently good." --Jim Bartley, Globe and Mail
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