Buying Cigarettes for the Dog
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2009
  • ISBN: 9781551118796 / 1551118793
  • 198 pages; 5½" x 8½"
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Buying Cigarettes for the Dog

  • Publication Date: April 1, 2009
  • ISBN: 9781551118796 / 1551118793
  • 198 pages; 5½" x 8½"

The first book of fiction since 1997 from the consummately underground Stuart Ross blends a characteristic penchant for experiment with the measured skill of a seasoned, highly disciplined craftsman. A man steps out for a pack of smokes and winds up walking around the planet; a woman sun-tanning by a pool finds herself covered in chicken feet; a guerrilla army of cows infiltrates a big city; a man hires a bodyguard to protect him from his poodle. Ross’s stories hold a mirror to the absurdities of 21st-century earth; his is an absurdism so true that it becomes real.

Comments

“Stuart Ross writes with the gleefully overstimulated satirical imagination of a George Saunders or Mark Leyner, with lobe-rattlingly smart language and storylines that are culture-crazed, funny and full of strange betrayals and sociopolitical intrigue. The many comic absurdities feel inspired by global catastrophe as they cleave hypocrisy down to the ridiculous individual.” — Lee Henderson

“Hank Williams haunts the stories in Buying Cigarettes for the Dog, but Randy Newman is the book’s presiding spirit. Like Newman, Stuart Ross delivers wit with a bitter bite. Somehow, his melancholy is humorous; his misanthropy, humane; his absurdity, believable. With deadpan style and Tin Pan Alley timing, Ross has given us a hilarious, harrowing book.” — Derek McCormack

Stuart Ross is a Toronto fiction writer, poet, editor, and creative-writing instructor. He has published two collaborative novels, a collection of stories, six poetry collections, and a collection of personal essays, and he is the editor of the anthology Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence. Ross co-founded, with Nicholas Power, the Toronto Small Press Book Fair, an underground literary institution since 1987. He is currently the Fiction & Poetry Editor for This Magazine and Guest Poetry Editor for Toronto’s Mansfield Press.