Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Armchair Book Review: The Dead are More Visible

The Dead Are More Visible
by Steven Heighton

Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Also available as an eBook

Short story writing is an art. Well, okay, all writing is art - but this book by Steven Heighton reminded me just how special short stories could be. These are not the quaint stories we had to read for English class - Heighton, with a broad range of styles and voices, taps into the human experience. Alienation, longing, love and loss, ridiculousness and futility. 

He achieves so much in so little space - the book really is a treasure.

Heighton has written several award winning books - from poetry to full-length novels - available in many different languages around the world. I find that his poetic voice really comes through in The Dead are More Visible. He chooses his words carefully, and the tone of his stories has been compared to Lost in Translation and The World According to Garp. Two of my absolute favourites.

I am absolutely tickled to have discovered this Canadian gem, and will definitely be collecting his past works. If you haven't read Steven Heighton's work before - I heartily recommend starting with The Dead are More Visible.

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