Today's book is a book of short and shorter stories. The Fetch by Nico Rogers. Brick Books, 2010.
Part Christopher Pratt and part Alistair MacLeod. These short stories paint in vivid detail the portrait of a hard scrabble life on the rock.
Part Christopher Pratt because at some point the reader forgets the reading and is submersed into a fully developed painting that renders all the senses, smells, sights, with such detail that you aren't a reader but an observer.
Part Alistair MacLeod, because that is the highest compliment I can give to someone who writes short stories. Or prose poems.
I've been to Newfoundland and Labrador a few times and always liked it, loved it. I've read my share of novels and poetry about Newfoundland and Labrador. The Fetch by Nico Rogers is the first time I've felt I could taste the past, smell the history.
I found these short and shorter stories utterly engaging.