Eliza Robertson's novel Wallflowers is a collection of short stories featuring a cast of interesting, well developed characters.

Eliza Robertson

From windswept Pacific beaches to the inner reaches of the human heart, Wallflowers is a shimmering and often surprising journey of discovery, with many unexpected turns along the way. Robertson has created a cast of unique and wholly engaging characters. Here there are swindlers and innocents, unlikely heroes and gritty survivors — they teach us how to trap humming birds, relinquish dreams gracefully, and feed raccoons without getting bitten. "Wish you were here" letters on a road trip parallel a woman's painful trip into her family's dysfunctional past — reminiscences of a beloved sibling are inextricably bound up with calamity…and roommate problems lead to a surprising, and skin-crawling, revelation. Robertson smashes stereotypes even as she shows us remarkable new ways of experiencing the world — and of relating to our fellow human beings. (From Penguin Canada

Wallflowers won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2013.