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Silent Cruise

Timothy Taylor

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ISBN : 9780676974430
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416 pages
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Silent Cruise, Timothy Taylors first collection of short fiction, is a long, lush series of stories that will delight fans of his enormously successful debut novel, Stanley Park. Several of these strangely original stories are obliquely connectedMoreSilent Cruise, Timothy Taylors first collection of short fiction, is a long, lush series of stories that will delight fans of his enormously successful debut novel, Stanley Park. Several of these strangely original stories are obliquely connected with each other (either through strange thematic turns or common characters), and they share with the novel a setting in western Canada and an interest in food. Taylor begins with Doves of Townsend, a piece about an antique buyer whose fetishization of beautiful made things is challenged by a calculated brush with the real world--in the form of a collection of butterflies found scattered across a table at a flea market. The author then moves into even more eclectic territory: in The Resurrection Plant an ostracized Jewish high school student in Edmonton shares a locker with a teenage tough who insists on displaying a Nazi flag- while in The Boars Head Easter a Vancouver cook travels to Chicago to meet his mothers mysterious old flame, nursing a half-spoken passion for his best friends girlfriend all the while. The novella that concludes the collection, NewStart 2.0TM, traces two artists from rural Saskatchewan through their truly bizarre lives to a confrontation in Rome, raising old questions about artistic production in a strange and unusual fashion. A couple of the pieces (most notably the title story) feel like filler, but by and large they are deft, melancholic, and utterly wonderful. --Jack Illingworth