From an emerging master of short fiction and one of Canada''s
most distinctive voices, a collection of stories as heartbreaking
as those of Lorrie Moore and as hilariously off-kilter as something
out of McSweeney''s.
In Better Living through Plastic Explosives, Zsuzsi
Gartner delivers a powerful second dose of the lacerating satire
that marked her acclaimed debut, All the Anxious Girls on
Earth, but with even greater depth and darker humour. Whether
she casts her eye on evolution and modern manhood when an upscale
cul-de-sac is thrown into chaos after a redneck moves into the
neighbourhood, international adoption, war photography, real
estate, the movie industry, motivational speakers, or terrorism,
Gartner filets the righteous and the ridiculous with dexterity in
equal, glorious measure. These stories ruthlessly expose our most
secret desires, and allow us to snort with laughter at the
grotesque world we''d live in if we all got what we wanted.