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Cascade

From Craig Davidson, the author of Canada Reads finalist Precious Cargo, comes this collection of short stories.

Craig Davidson

From the author of Canada Reads finalist Precious Cargo comes this supremely satisfying collection of stories. Set in in the Niagara Falls of Davidson's imagination known as "Cataract City," the superb stories of Cascade shine a shimmering light on this slightly seedy, slightly magical, slightly haunted place. The six gems in this collection each illuminate familial relationships in a singular way: A mother and her infant son fight to survive a car-crash in a remote wintry landscape outside of town. Fraternal twins at a juvenile detention center reach a dangerous crisis point in their entwined lives. A pregnant social worker grapples with the prospect of parenthood as a custody case takes a dire turn. A hard-boiled ex-firefighter goes after a serial arsonist with a flair for the theatrical even as his own troubled sister is drawn towards the flames. These are just some of the unforgettable characters animating this stellar collection of tales — Davidson's first in 15 years, since Rust and Bone, which inspired a Golden Globe-nominated film. (From Knopf Canada)

Craig Davidson has published several books of literary fiction including Cataract City, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2013, Rust and Bone, which was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film of the same name, The Fighter, Sarah Court and The Saturday Night Ghost ClubHis memoir Precious Cargo was defended by Greg Johnson on Canada Reads 2018. 

Interviews with Craig Davidson

The 2021 CBC Short Story Prize juror talks to Jeff Douglas about what makes a great short story. 7:26
Craig Davidson drove five kids in a small school bus, each with special needs. His experience prompted a deeper understanding about disability and stigma. We discuss what the so-called able-bodied can learn when they stop fearing people with disabilities. 27:04
Author Craig Davidson, aka Nick Cutter, answers The Next Chapter's Proust Questionnaire. 4:40
Craig Davidson on his Canada Reads contender, a memoir of his year spent driving a school bus for special needs kids. 10:19

Other books by Craig Davidson

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