When a woman discovers a fortune in the attic, she begins a pilgrimage that takes her to the knife-edge between blessing and curse. Two fatherless children think Mrs. Crisander is nothing more than the creepy next-door neighbour—until they nearly kill her pot-bellied pig and learn the secrets of her past. A young girl talks about grade six, stealing cigarettes, and her sister’s no-food diet while being photographed by an Internet pornographer.
The stories of Suitable Precautions are fresh and haunting, resonant with the bitter beauty of lives derailed, reclaimed, celebrated, and questioned. By turns funny and absurd, unexpected and devastating, these stories reveal the strange and often tenuous bonds between people in love, marriage, and friendship.
“A masterfully curated collection of short stories. Boudreau’s style is unpredictable yet always elegantly delivered. She seems to delight in walking the line between the playful and sinister.”—The Toronto Review of Books
“The writing is accomplished, she has a good ear for dialogue and there is a dark thread of unease winding through these urban and angsty stories.”—Toronto Star
“Ranging from heartfelt to scathingly cynical, Boudreau’s first collection is smart and saucy.”—Telegraph-Journal
“Barbed and arresting,” “familiar but irresistable,” and “fl[ying] on snarky energy.”—The Globe & Mail
“The stories in Suitable Precautions are peopled with characters who act in believably quirky and compellingly odd ways … For Boudreau, it seems love is the most powerful precaution, and as such is the only one that comes with any sort of guarantee.”—The Malahat Review