From the best-selling author of The Saturday Night Ghost Club comes this collection of seven brilliantly cinematic short stories.
Set in the Niagara Falls of Craig Davidson’s imagination—known as "Cataract City"—the superb stories of Cascade shine a shimmering light on this slightly seedy, slightly magical, slightly haunted place. The six gems in this collection each illuminate familial relationships in a singular way: A mother and her infant son fight to survive a car crash in a remote wintry landscape outside of town. Fraternal twins at a juvenile detention center reach a dangerous crisis point in their entwined lives. A pregnant social worker grapples with the prospect of parenthood as a custody case takes a dire turn. A hardboiled ex-firefighter goes after a serial arsonist with a flair for the theatrical even as his own troubled sister is drawn toward the flames. These are just some of the unforgettable characters animating this stellar collection that crackles with Davidson’s superb craft and kinetic energy: in the steel-tipped prose, in the psychological perspicacity, and in the endearing humor.
About the Author
Craig Davidson is the author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize–nominated novel Cataract City and Rust and Bone, which was the inspiration for a Golden Globe–nominated feature film of the same name. Davidson lives in Toronto, Canada.
Davidson’s prose is very sharp but never only sharp; it is alive, it is limpid, it is darkly funny, and it never hides or shies from love. You should read this collection now, so that you can read it again, in the winter, and again next spring.
— Amy Bloom, National Book Award finalist and author of White Houses