Thursday, March 7, 2013
Reading Journal: Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew, by Stuart Ross (2011)
A short, episodic novel written in Ross's trademark, all-over-the-place style that takes you through the coming-of-age of its narrator and into his later life, where he is continuously confronted with a memory of his mother committing a murder. I preferred this novel to his short story collection, Buying Cigarettes for the Dog, (reviewed here in Winter, 2011), because of the restraint he showed this time around, making even some of the most "out there" chapters - such as the one written from the point of view of the bullet - into self-contained stories that also give you a new piece of information to move the narrative forward. A quick and engrossing read that I started and finished on the same bus ride, (Toronto to Gravenhurst), from an unorthodox Canadian writer everyone should check out.