The Path of Most Resistance
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As entertaining as they are insightful, the stories in The Path of Most Resistance are anchored by the concept of passive aggression in our everyday lives: ordinary people who are quietly, desperately, and indirectly trying to impose their will on the uncaring world around them.
From a woman who compulsively shops for luggage in order to sublimate her desire for a divorce to a senior citizen who tries to force his family to visit by refusing to eat, the characters in this collection try to change their lives through oblique resistance. The stories also humorously show readers how passive aggression is perhaps at its most effective when carried out in smaller, more insidious ways. Uncertain about the state of his relationship, a man obsesses, but refuses to clean, a spot of mould in the bathroom. (From House of Anansi)
"What are you looking for? Where are you going?" they'd say, pinning her deep in the store against the walls of cases without any clear lane for escape.
Alice had no clear answers for them. She was without a decided destination, adrift. The sales staff were at a loss, too, unable to find a suitcase to fit anything as nebulous as Alice's absence of a clear plan. They would thrash around for a while before breaking it off with the usual "Well, if you see anything you like..."
From The Path of Most Resistance by Russell Wangersky ©2016. Published by House of Anansi.