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Top 5 Finalist - CBC Cross-Country Bookshelf

Winner of the 2010 PEI Book Award for Fiction

Shortlisted for the 2010 ReLit Awards



Praise for Fatted Calf Blues:

“The memorable characters of Fatted Calf Blues resonate long after these stories are over: a man in a streetcar proclaiming his genius, a couple who question one another after a love note is found taped to their door, a man at a truck stop who keeps a dream diary.  They’re curious, funny, wistful; we’re sure we've met them somewhere before. With energy and wit, Mayoff shows us all that is familiar, and then tilts the world so it becomes surprising and strange.  These are stories to relish—sink your teeth into this book. ~ Anne Simpson, author of Falling
 
“Seasoned and edgy, these stories straddle the shifting gap between the real and the surreal, the magical and the grotesque. They carve out a sparkling niche of light from the shadows of their characters’ longings and culpability, and are guaranteed to test and celebrate the reader's footing! Steven Mayoff’s ear for dialogue and eye for quirky detail make
Fatted Calf Blues a startling debut.” ~ Carol Bruneau, author of Glass Voices
 

“Fatted Calf Blues
is chock full of potent short fiction that bores straight into the often cold heart of the contemporary human condition. Steven Mayoff is a courageous writer, blending humour, despair, loss, violence and minor epiphany in his vivid and vital narratives.” ~ Matthew Firth, author of Suburban Pornography and Other Stories