Pardon Our Monsters by Andrew Hood
Finalist for The Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2008
The stories in Pardon Our Monsters deal with an assortment of foolish self-destructive small town anti-heroes. They are unlikely odes and elegies for human shabbiness. A newlywed conjures a ghost in an attempt to contact her absent husband. A 17-year-old is blackmailed into buying drugs for his English teacher. A tumescent young Blue Jay’s fan and his tumour-addled sister are swept up in the tempest of the Blue Jay’s 1989 run for the World Series. An estranged stepmother and stepson embark on a pilgrimage to the Michael Jackson trial. Every character wants only to be pardoned, but will not, themselves, grant it.
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