Strays, Ed Kavanagh's first work of fiction since the award-winning novel The Confessions of Nipper Mooney, features ten memorable stories that explore the lives of those who somehow find themselves adrift. In "The Strayaway Child" a ninety-year-old woman recalls her girlhood during the Great Depression when she was a "sad, silent little nobody"; in "The Red Merc" a boy learns deep truths about his often absent father; and in "The Wind" a Newfoundlander in a big Canadian city struggles with issues of identity. Affecting, finely crafted, and often humorous, Strays speaks, ultimately, to our desire to belong.
What one critic said about The Confessions of Nipper Mooney applies equally to Strays: "Kavanagh writes beautifully . . . poignantly illustrating how experience shapes character . . . . The lyrical cadence of the writing is reminiscent of Alistair MacLeod, making it a book that begs to be read aloud."
In Ed Kavanagh's Strays, readers are treated to a rare breed of storyteller--a natural, one who spins yarns as effortlessly as he breathes. These stories feature a striking variety of characters who invite you inside their minds, only to provoke you with their outcast laments as they grasp for meaning and a place to call home. They start with the easy familiarity of an old friend, enchant throughout, and like an aged Scotch they finish with a soft burn. - Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award jurors
"The music of Ed Kavanagh's prose lights his characters from within, lending them a lasting resonance. Strays is a great book, a book to be treasured." Jean M. Snook, Newfoundland Quarterly.
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