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About this book
- Shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award for Short Fiction!
- Shortlisted for the 2015 Trade Fiction Book Award at the Alberta Book Publishing Awards!
From the multi-talented author of Inventory and Open Pit comes a new collection of short stories, filled with lost souls drifting through exotic locales, reinventing themselves on the fly.
Marguerite Pigeon’s gifts for quick characterization and muscular dialogue are on full display in this collection, where you will encounter competitors in an endurance race at the edge of the world; the secret lives of stray cats, and those who try to catch them night after night; an interview with a once-famous musician who seems to be losing touch with reality; a date in Mexico City that ends in a kidnapping; a woman who comes face to face with her mirror image and finds that she’s taken another path; and a girl who’s determined to never, ever stand still again.
“Where the characters are going and whether they are in control is debatable but they’re always behind the wheel, zipping through diverse landscapes without a GPS. Pigeon lures the reader into the backseat with all the tension and anticipation of a road trip without the “are we there yets?”
“Marguerite Pigeon’s stories bore through the everyday to those pockets where the best story-stuff hides. She captures her characters as they’re driven to extremes, in the sparkling, miserable moments between ordinary and ordinary.”
"To use “boring” in a book title takes confidence, to add “extremely” may seem brash, but Marguerite Pigeon deserves to be cocky in naming her first collection of stories." full review
“Each story reveals a peculiar and unique world peopled by genuinely interesting inhabitants.”
"The only aspect of Marguerite Pigeon’s debut story collection that I don’t like is that title." full review
"There’s a propulsion to the narratives in Marguerite Pigeon’s Some Extremely Boring Drives that’s anything but boring. Attribute this to Pigeon’s strong yield of language and voice, her ability to cut a clear and quirky character, and her deft hand at developing uncanny situations." full review
"Driven to extremes, each of Pigeon’s characters is stripped of the coping mechanism that has kept them moving forward; when they’re jolted out of the trance of the ordinary, we don’t know which way they’ll go, or even if they will survive. But one thing is certain—they will never be the same." full review
"A robust collection that is memorable from the first page to its last ... [w]ith a book of poetry, a novel, and now this collection of short stories, Pigeon has proven herself a writer of many talents, and one worthy of our attention."