STRONG CONNECTIONS: Sarah has worked as a producer at the CBC for many years, and she has a lot of friends and supporters there. She was also mentored by David Adams Richards.
ELEMENT OF SURPRISE: These stories are always full of surprise. Sarah will consistently set up stories of lovers who are in a fight or a parent and child who seem to have normal, everyday difficulties, only to shock the reader by shattering the story into bits in order to show some form of purposelessness, of chaos in the world that cannot be contained despite our sincerest efforts. The result is an unpredictable, unrelenting and unforgettable reading experience.
AUTHOR: Sarah lives in Toronto, and is articulate, fun and charming. Very promotable and a great candidate for festivals, etc.
COMMITMENT: Doubleday has great faith in the promise of this new talent, so we invested in a two-book deal—Sarah is hard at work on her first novel.
“Fiercely imaginative, original and deeply affecting. These stories explore what is essential about human experience—the implications of living in a body, how the spirit is chained and defined by flesh and bone and how we escape those constraints. Sarah Meehan Sirk is a bold writer and these stories are seeking, searing and oddly beautiful. Like Margaret Atwood and Barbara Gowdy, Sirk reminds us the imagination has no borders.” —Lisa Moore
“Sarah Meehan Sirk takes a sharp pen to conceptual art, dating apps, reality TV, mommy bloggers, social media and other contemporary obsessions, often marrying preposterous scenarios with ordinary concerns…. These surprising twists, braided with the most everyday of circumstances, make for an inventive, often intense—and highly readable—collection…. The writing is sharp, crisp and alive. We are inserted firmly into the action and the emotion of the story, the headspace of the protagonist and the tension surrounding him or her (usually her)…. These concise portraits of life are often devastating—but always delightful.” —The Globe and Mail
“Sarah Meehan Sirk’s debut short story collection manages to transcend much of life’s inherent darkness to land in a tender, human place that’s recognizable to all. With a keen ear, Sirk nails the nuances of dialogue—between husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, friends and lovers—with the real kickers being the internal ones of characters struggling to give the best impression of themselves from inside their personal reality. Bypassing the formulaic and predictable, The Dead Husband Project is a stellar shout out to the power and relevance of the short story.” —Toronto Star
“Sirk is a gifted stylist; her sentences are lyrical and clean and pulse with a quiet, fervent energy. The Dead Husband Project charts a world just peculiar enough to mimic the odd bends life can take, and the quiet spaces in the stories point to how the smallest of things—gaps in conversations; things that don’t get said but should—can grow and fester…. In the hands of this storyteller, love in all its guises can, for a time, feel entirely new.” —Quill & Quire
“The summer’s most macabre short story collection taps into the latent horrors of modern romance. Its lovelorn heroines find themselves in all sorts of strange scenarios…. Sarah Meehan Sirk brings tenderness to the Gothic grotesquerie.” —Toronto Life
“Sarah Meehan Sirk [is] adept at misdirection and wry comedy. If this amusing and intriguing book is any indication, she has a very promising future…. All of the stories…are powerful, intriguing and fresh. They are terse but pleasurably expandable through the fracturing of chronology and misdirection. The Dead Husband Project is a very lively read.” —Winnipeg Free Press
“Sarah Meehan Sirk’s stories are grandly written, stunningly beautiful, celebratory and profane. They make us laugh, break our heart. We witness a powerful and important debut.” —David Adams Richards
“The Dead Husband Project is high-definition in the details of life it captures across its stories. No matter the situation—an art opening, a family vacation, the discovery of a new colour—Sirk pushes through jarring truths to subtle beauty.” —Emily Schultz
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