From the Back Cover:
For an unknown writer to win the Governor General’s Award with his first book is astounding. Yet that is exactly what Guy Vanderhaeghe did with his 1982 collection of stories that set the Canadian literary world ablaze with excitement. The reaction of writers like Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Jack Hodgins, Rudy Wiebe – and thousands of readers – marked Guy Vanderhaeghe as the most exciting new Canadian writer of the eighties.
The stories display an astonishing range; thirty-year old Guy Vanderhaeghe shows us the world through the eyes of an eleven-year old boy as convincingly as he reveals it through the eyes of an old man approaching senility. The stories range from the hilarious farce of teen-age romance in “Drummer” all the way to the numbing tragedy of life in a ward for incurables in “A Taste for Perfection”. But whether the setting is Bloomsbury or a prairie farm, the reader finds that these twelve superbly crafted stories inspire belief, admiration, and enjoyment. As Books in Canada said, “These are stories to be read and remembered.”