Better Living Through Plastic Explosives

In this collection of stories, Zsuzsi Gartner blurs the line between the absurd and the mundane to expose our fears and desires.

Zsuzsi Gartner

Better Living through Plastic Explosives is a powerful charge of Zsuzsi Gartner's trademark dark humour and deadly satire. Whether she casts her eye on evolution and modern manhood when an upscale cul-de-sac is thrown into chaos after a redneck moves into the neighbourhood, international adoption, war photography, real estate, the movie industry, motivational speakers, or terrorism, Gartner filets the righteous and the ridiculous with dexterity. These stories ruthlessly expose our covert fears and fathomless desires and allow us to snort with laughter — at the grotesque world we'd live in if we all got what we wanted. (From Penguin Canada)

Author interviews

Giller contender Zsuzsi Gartner

12 years ago
Duration 4:54
The Vancouver writer champions the short story format, talks about how the daily news inspires her fiction and reveals her goal: to entertain while also giving readers a punch in the gut.