“What You NeedÂ is an excellent book, and arguably the debut of the year insofar as short fiction is concerned. Every character is fully realized and three-dimensional; every story sparkles with granular detail and the kind of profound emotional insight that only comes with having lived the difficult passage between the expectations of youth and the ambiguities of adulthood. The book is full of wit, and, despite its subject matter, laugh-out-loud funny in places.”—The Fiddlehead
“Forbes’s greatest success is in taking the high tragedy out of traditionally masculine narratives. His best stories elicit a sense of loss—not for unfulfilled archetypes, but for people who could have contributed to society in a more meaningful and responsible way if they had relinquished outmoded definitions of manhood, such as the athlete, the suburban dad, the protector, and the honourable suicide.”—The Puritan
“At turns funny, inventive, thoughtful and sad,Â What You NeedÂ is an unassuming, surprisingly moving first book of short fiction, striking for the poise and authority of its language and the depth of its insights.”—Pasha Malla, author ofÂ The Withdrawal Method
“Tough, tender, visceral lyricism is always balanced with an ironic warmth, humour, and just enough hope inÂ What You Need.”—Richard Taylor, author ofÂ House Inside the Waves
“What You NeedÂ is compelling reading.”—The Globe & Mail, “Three fiction debuts worth a read”
“What You NeedÂ is a strong collection that leaves its reader wanting more.”—Quill & Quire
"These stories are well worth hearing."—The Book Stylist
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