Brilliantly sure-footed, strikingly original, tender and funny,
this memorable collection of nine linked stories follows a diverse
group of curiously interrelated charactersfrom bank manager to
crackhead to retired Samaritan to mental patient to web designer to
car thiefas they drift through each others lives like ghosts in
Vancouvers notorious Downtown Eastside.
These darkly comic and intoxicating stories, gleefully free of
moral judgment, are about people searching in the jagged margins of
lifefor homes, drugs, love, forgiveness. They range from the
tragically funny opening story Emergency Contact to the
audacious, drug-fuelled rush of Goodbye Porkpie Hat to the
deranged and thrilling extreme of King Me. The Beggars
Garden is a powerful and affecting debut, written with an
exceptional eye and ear and heart.