Other People’s Showers is Mark Paterson’s debut offering, a collection of nine stories laden with the Montreal writer’s distinctive combination of wit, tenderness, and horror. Inhabited by a company of alluring dysfunctional characters, these stories explore worlds simultaneously familiar and bizarre. From a married couple who spice up their love life by attending the funerals of strangers to a pair of brothers gorging on pizza, potato chips, and cheeseburgers together as one beefs up for a role in a hardware store commercial and the other serves as his personal eating assistant, these characters teeter gloriously on the boundary between acceptable and insane behaviour. Paterson’s fictional world is a middle ground where normalcy and neurosis coexist. His characters navigate this world not looking for escape but, refreshingly, simply for a way to make living inside of it work.