Coming September 2018
Late Breaking is a collection of linked short stories inspired by the paintings of Alex Colville. Each character appears in at least two of the stories, in a greater or lesser role. The most common link is a ghost who directly or indirectly “haunts” the book throughout. There is more than a hint of the uncanny in some of the stories, and a strong whiff of the gothic. At its lightest, this book is dark, reflecting the edgy, distrubing quality found in much of Alex Colville’s work. The common theme is the vulnerability of the elder heart. Many of the characters are aged sixty and up. Inwardly, however, they are ageless—yearning for each other sexually and emotionally, falling in and out of love, forming new ties or rediscovering old ones. Not all characters are human… a dog, a horse, and an octopus play small but pivotal roles. Death is a constant, taking both peaceful and violent forms. Its presence renders the characters’ lives and relationships all the more poignant for being ephemeral.
Praise for K.D. Miller
“One of Canada’s finest writers, able to probe deeper into the human heart than the best surgeon.”—National Post
“[Miller] will no doubt inspire and affirm other artists—not to mention ordinary folks—who wrestle (in secret) with angels.”—Toronto Star
“It is a testament to Miller’s genius that she makes us care so much about her characters and their fates.”—Quill and Quire
“Keep an eye out for K.D. Miller: this is a new writer worth watching.” —The Ottawa Citizen