Rebecca Rosenblum’s Once is a fiercely original and assured debut, a collection of sixteen stories portraying the constricted and confused lives of the rootless twenty-somethings — students, office techies, waitresses, warehouse labourers, street hustlers — who inhabit them. These are stories grounded in the all-too-real comedy and tragedy of jobs and friendships and romances, books and buses and bodies.
“Delivered in prose that is at once compressed, poetic, and precise, these tales do not move forward with a classical narrative arc. Rather, they meander, their conclusions less revelations than uneasy question marks.”—The Walrus
“Fiercely original, her stories force us into a new experiencing of life … her work dazzles me.”—John Metcalf
“It’s a fascinating tease from a writer who’s intent on probing the mysteries of self and other through the related mysteries of fiction.”—Globe and Mail
“In her own poetic and precise style, Rosenblum sees the beauty in the everyday and tells the story of the everyday. Everyone, everywhere has a story.”—Santa Fe Writers Project