Pardon Our Monsters

By (author): Andrew Hood

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.

AUTHOR

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood is an award-winning author of short fiction, and a rad dude. His first book, Pardon our Monsters (Véhicule) received wide praise and won The Writers’ Union of Canada’s Danuta Gleed Award. Hood has lived in Montreal, Guelph, and other places, but now calls Halifax home.


Reviews

“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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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.

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Details

Dimensions:

186 Pages
8.5in * 5.5in * 1in
1lb

Published:

October 19, 2007

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

Vehicule Press

ISBN:

9781550652321

Book Subjects:

FICTION / General

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Language:

eng

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