Shag Carpet Action

Shag Carpet Action Fiction Finalist ReLit Award This collection continues Firth s deep mining into the bowels of Canadian life From there he unearths tales of forgotten people who survive with their wits and guts

  • Title: Shag Carpet Action
  • Author: Matthew Firth
  • ISBN: 9781897535844
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fiction Finalist, ReLit Award 2012 This collection continues Firth s deep mining into the bowels of Canadian life From there he unearths tales of forgotten people who survive with their wits and guts during these harsh times Behind the covers of SHAG CARPET ACTION are stories about rival garbage collectors warring over a possible strike suburban lust and yearning inFiction Finalist, ReLit Award 2012 This collection continues Firth s deep mining into the bowels of Canadian life From there he unearths tales of forgotten people who survive with their wits and guts during these harsh times Behind the covers of SHAG CARPET ACTION are stories about rival garbage collectors warring over a possible strike suburban lust and yearning involving the creative use of a son s Spider Man toy the travails of a man who has a vasectomy but then finds out there are far painful events to deal with on his agenda shameless and bombastic people who just don t care who overhears their conversation and on it goes These are absurd, raunchy, funny stories whose sharp, salty characters are boldly credible and wonderfully rendered by one of Canada s most adventurous and courageous fiction writers Firth s strength lies not simply in provocatively deploying overt sexuality, but rather the way he leverages bald carnality to make broader, potent statements about the human condition Quill Quire Short stories work best when they re memorable, and Firth s gift is to lodge a vivid image in the reader s numb brain to keep him from nodding off and perhaps linger on This gift is clever, concise writing no superfluous flowery shit To the point, bold, matter of fact OttawaXpress Firth s stories remind us of the realities of being human what we think, feel, and do The writing is easy to read, raw to the bone honest, and refreshingly real And that s why I highly recommend you forget about your clean cut CanLit filler and get your knees dirty with something a little to the floor Shag Carpet Action Jerrod Edson Blog

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    1. A collection composed of several short pieces anchored by a novella. The novella-length piece is compelling and shows that Firth is capable of a sustained narrative. The shorter pieces range from magic realism ("Greeks"), to faux-autobiography (or real autobiography, as far as I know) such as "The Procedure" where we encounter a character named Mr. Firth. There are a couple of pieces, such as the one about three women on a bus, which are vignettes more than short stories.Firth has a refreshingly [...]

    2. This is arguably Matt Firth's most accesible work. Darkly humourous and populated by folks who find themselves in sometimes preposterous situations. Imagine Fante or Gifford stories, but with off-the-hook humour and loads of quirky characters, who despite the mess they've made (or the mess that's been made for them) you will find yourself rooting for.

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