Rust and Bone

Characters in physical and emotional pain rebuild their lives in novelist Craig Davidson's short story collection Rust and Bone.

Craig Davidson

In steel-tipped prose, Craig Davidson conjures up a bleak world populated by hardscrabble pugilists, fighting dogs, sex addicts and others held captive by their own bad luck and bad decisions. Visceral and with a dark urgency, Rust and Bone is a strikingly original debut. (From Penguin Canada)

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From the book

Twenty-seven bones make up the human hand. Lunate and capitate and navicular, scaphoid and triquetrum, the tiny horn-shaped pisiforms of the outer wrist. Though differing in shape and density each is smoothly aligned and flush-fitted, lashed by a meshwork of ligatures running under the skin. All vertebrates share a similar set of bones, and all bones grow out of the same tissue: a bird's wing, a whale's dorsal fin, a gecko's pad, your own hand. Some primates got more—gorilla's got thirty-two, five in each thumb. Humans, twenty-seven. 

From Rust and Bone by Craig Davidson ©2006. Published by Penguin Canada.

Author interviews

Interview on Metro Morning
Craig Davidson, aka Nick Cutter, on applying for work as a worm harvester.