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.