In Scrabble Lessons, characters who were confined to comfortable patterns are suddenly thrown off their games. A single man's life is complicated when his sister shows up carrying all the old family baggage and a terrible new secret. A young woman resists the temptation to slice into the tomato her lover brought home. A poetry chapbook, a chocolate salesman, a stolen bicycle: these reawaken passion in lonely characters.
These are stories about the longing that gnaws at our most ordinary days, and about those rare moments of acute clarity on which whole lives can pivot and change course.
"A real writer is flexing ... It all works and leaves an uneasy smile. Perfect."
~ Jim Bartley, The Globe and Mail
"Scrabble Lessons is a kitchen drawer full of sharp implements: at once domestic and dangerous, these stories are spare, clean, and honed to a cutting edge."
~Robert Finley, author of The Accidental Indies
"...like diamonds in blood. You will be hurt; you will be enriched. And you will carry them with you."
~Michelle Butler Hallett, author of Sky Waves and This Marlowe