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.