Review in Atlantic Books Today

Everything Is So Political
A Collection of Short Fiction by Canadian Writers

Edited by Sandra McIntyre  

In the introduction to Everything Is So Political, editor Sandra McIntyre explores the purposeful ambiguity of the title and the broad scope of this short story collection. Using an expansive definition of “political”, the twenty stories in this anthology run the gamut from a fictionalized account of Halifax’s 2012 bus strike in David Fleming’s “Halifax on Strike!” to an explosion on a bus in Sri Lanka in Shane Joseph’s “Suicide Bombers”. Politics in the most common definition of the word are explored in stories like “The Extremists”, by R. Jonathon Chapman about a creative rebalancing of the political norm. And the anthology’s expanded definition is shown in selections like “Elephant Air” by Fran Kimmel, a story where animal rights, personal politics and family politics collide. While the individual stories vary widely in tone and theme, they share the hallmark of a great read: strong, captivating and imaginative writing.-Kate Watson for ABT, Spring 2013, Vol 72

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