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Cascade

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by Craig Davidson

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Cascade by Craig Davidson
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  • Published Oct 2021
    256 pages
    Genre: Short Stories

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Set in the Niagara Falls of Craig Davidson's imagination - known as "Cataract City" - the superb stories of Cascade shine a shimmering light on this slightly seedy, slightly magical, slightly haunted place.

From the bestselling author of The Saturday Night Ghost Club comes this collection of seven brilliantly cinematic short stories. The gems in this collection each illuminate familial relationships in a singular way: A mother and her infant son fight to survive a car crash in a remote wintry landscape outside of town. Fraternal twins at a juvenile detention center reach a dangerous crisis point in their entwined lives. A pregnant social worker grapples with the prospect of parenthood as a custody case takes a dire turn. A hardboiled ex-firefighter goes after a serial arsonist with a flair for the theatrical even as his own troubled sister is drawn toward the flames. These are just some of the unforgettable characters animating this stellar collection that crackles with Davidson's superb craft and kinetic energy: in the steel-tipped prose, in the psychological perspicacity, and in the endearing humor.

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"[A] wonderful and gritty collection...Throughout, the author displays deep empathy and conveys emotional resonance. The result is a blissful, wholly satisfying assemblage of cinematic stories, sure to please Davidson's fans and attract newcomers." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Davidson's real gift is for closely observing small actions...[his] prose takes the unfamiliar—the extraordinary, whether good or bad—and makes it an embodied experience. You feel it in your bones...Chilling tales of misfits and misfortune by a masterful writer." - Kirkus Reviews

"Davidson's prose is very sharp but never only sharp; it is alive, it is limpid, it is darkly funny, and it never hides or shies from love. You should read this collection now, so that you can read it again, in the winter, and again next spring." - Amy Bloom, National Book Award finalist and author of White Houses

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Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson is the author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize–nominated novel Cataract City and Rust and Bone, which was the inspiration for a Golden Globe–nominated feature film of the same name. Davidson lives in Toronto, Canada.

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