In these twelve stories that unfold over a few hours or a weekend or five decades, adults deceive themselves about their motives — greed, desire for control, jealousy, fear, ambition. With unflinching realism, reminiscent of William Trevor, Cynthia Flood exposes the failings of the human heart and, with a marvellous unsentimental brutality, leaves many a character unredeemed.
PRAISE FOR CYNTHIA FLOOD
“Complicated, passionate, genuine.”—Chatelaine
“Flood is a highly accomplished stylist, whose technique is tightly calibrated and precise… Anything superfluous is ruthlessly pared away… The stories in Red Girl Rat Boy are brief, but dense, requiring concentration and attention… [yet are] as emotionally engaging as any flat-out storyteller.”—The National Post
“Flood challenges, enlightens, disturbs… a stunning fifth book.” —The Vancouver Sun