Dimensions:8.5in x 5.5 x 0.37 in | 0.5 lb
Page Count:160 pages
When G. Brandon Sisnett dies at his computer 'a mild spring day in March,' he leaves behind two unfinished works in his Montreal home. One, a political tract typical of the kind of rant the reclusive writer was famous for, the other an unexpected box of short fiction none of his publishers was aware existed. At first read a seemingly 'random collection of . . . fragments and miscellanea,' it soon becomes clear the stories contain a mystery surrounding the sad death of the Barbadian-born author's four-year-old daughter, his retreat from society, and the recurring name of 'Fairfield.' An amazing book, Sandiford's newest collection is an intimate, insightful look at how we all strive to live with the memory of love and loss.
Robert Edison Sandiford is the author of three short story collections, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall (1995) and The Tree of Youth (2005) and Intimacy 101: Rooms & Suites (2013); the graphic novels Attractive Forces (1997), Stray Moonbeams (2002) and Great Moves (2010); a travel memoir, Sand for Snow: A Caribbean-Canadian Chronicle (2003); and edited with Linda M. Deane Shouts from the Outfield: The ArtsEtc Cricket Anthology (2007). He is a founding editor of ArtsEtc: The Premier Cultural Guide to Barbados (artsetcbarbados.com), and has worked as a journalist, book publisher, video producer with Warm Water Productions, and teacher. He has won awards for both his writing and editing, including Barbados' Governor General's Award of Excellence in Literary Arts and the Harold Hoyte Award, and been shortlisted for the Frank Collymore Literary Award. He divides his time between Canada and Barbados.
This tightly paced narration and deft use of language is key to the success of a demanding form defined by its brevity. Sandiford celebrates the genre for the tremendous amount that can be said in a short story how brilliant the language can be, more so because its told in such a concentrated form. And he displays the ability to take full advantage of these features.' -- The Montreal Review of Books 2016