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Cascade by Craig Davidson
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Oct 26, 2021 | ISBN 9781039003309 | 381 Minutes

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“A brilliant collection. Davidson’s prose is very sharp but never only sharp; it is alive, it is limpid, it is darkly funny and it never hides or shies from love. . . . Read this collection now.” —Amy Bloom, author of White Houses

Cascade is the rare collection in which there is not a single false note. In these six harrowing stories, Craig Davidson illuminates the hidden corners of Niagara Falls, and the private mysteries and griefs of his characters, with kinetic urgency and gritty compassion. Cascade is a sweeping and remarkable work of art.” —Lauren van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel

“Davidson’s stories retain their immediacy and gut-level emotion while also allowing for a lyricism in the writing that elevates the subject matter. . . . The point is in the small moments, the careful attention to detail and emotional resonance that Davidson is so good at in his short stories.”  —Toronto Star

“Reading Davidson is a visceral experience: the language fractures and insinuates, sentences fragmenting and distorting as they reflect the movements of both the narratives and their characters.” —Quill & Quire


“Craig Davidson is one of this country’s great kinetic writers.” —The Globe and Mail

“What’s so fascinating about Davidson’s fiction is its ambivalence: he’s simultaneously satirizing and celebrating outsized manliness. He creates a safe space to interrogate masculinity on masculine terms—his books are boys’ clubs, where protagonists play at being men in order to understand just what it might mean to be one. Set aside the jacked-up gore and fantastical scenarios, and Davidson’s art becomes an imitation of life.” —Emily Keeler, Toronto Life

“Viscerally exciting and deeply thoughtful . . . powerfully written and satisfies at every level.” —Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize on The Saturday Night Ghost Club

“An examination, like most good literature is, of how we live our lives.” —Toronto Star on The Saturday Night Ghost Club


Trillium Book Award FINALIST 2021

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