Bursting with verve, comedy and peculiarity, Mark Paterson’s second collection of short fiction stimulates the imagination in refreshing and unexpected ways. From a loner who uses the mosh pit as a confessional, to a cross-dressing neophyte prowling the aisles of the local supermarket, to a diner owner who garnishes every dish on his menu with chopped-up hot dog wieners, to a group of teens who co-opt an arcade security camera for their own inventive purposes, these characters navigate an increasingly uncertain world with resourcefulness and guts, carving out enhanced existences one tiny victory at a time.
Mark Paterson was born in San Francisco and grew up in Montreal where he lives and writes.
"The book’s title may be worrisome for some: is this going to be a collection of ‘slacker stories?’ The answer is no; in addition, Mark Paterson is a great storyteller. His stories are set in a reality most readers can relate to: growing up suburban in Canada [which is] given honest treatment, not approached ironically or disdainfully." — Montreal Review of Books"
Fiction from just the other side of normal." –Hour, Montreal
"Paterson’s unique blend of tenderness, humour and horror is entirely engaging."–Montreal Gazette
"Short stories with clever twists and turns that took me on a marvellous ride from start to finish. A strong second book by a young writer to keep your eye on!" — Austin Clarke, winner of the Giller Prize

A FINELY TUNED APATHY MACHINE - Mark Paterson
Fiction/Stories • 6x9 • 163 pages
978-1-55096-087-7
(pb) $19.95

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