Dimensions:8.5in x 5.5 x 0.53 in | 0.66 lb
Page Count:230 pages
The twelve stories in And to Say Hello investigate the hazards of men and women becoming fathers and mothers: the immediate harm and the long-term damage. In 'Mass Graves,' a new mother's stay-at-home anxieties are amplified by the ominous chipmunk infestation overtaking her townhouse. In 'Gestation,' a father-to-be nurtures the idea of his ex-girlfriend's imagined infidelity until it matures into a fully grown mania. In 'Six,' a deceased woman's biography and failings as a mother are communicated piecemeal through the ruminations of her pallbearers. In 'The Vasectomy Doctor's Online Presence,' the professional and familial successes of an urologist are cruelly and publicly undercut by his failed musical aspirations. And in the title story, a mother's irrational worry about her son's language development puts irreparable strain upon her marriage.
Scott Randall has previously published two short story collections: Last Chance to Renew and Character Actor. The title story from Last Chance to Renew was broadcast on CBC Radio's Between the Covers, and Character Actor was shortlisted for the fiction category of the Ottawa Book Award. He has been twice nominated for the Journey Prize, and his fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals such as The Antigonish Review, Event Magazine, The Malahat Review, The Dalhousie Review, and The New Quarterly. He has taught Literature and Writing at Seneca College, York University, Concordia University, and Algonquin College. He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife and daughter.