What Can You Do
New Book Out in August!
I’m happy that Biblioasis is publishing What Can You Do, my fifth book of short stories!
What’s it about? Describing a miscellany: never easy. For most, Vancouver’s the setting, though the south of France turns up too. Animals and children often appear. Sometimes a few hours pass and sometimes decades. Some characters don’t know what they want, while others do know but lie to themselves.
In many stories, two people resist each other. They negotiate, withdraw, conceal, use emotional blackmail, reconnect but aren’t as they were. For these couples, sisters, parents and children, their closeness makes the struggle matter.
In September, I’ll join the Biblioasis Ontario tour for appearances in Hamilton, Toronto, London, Windsor. View dates and venues here.
The Vancouver launch for What Can You Do will be on Friday 13 October, 7 – 10 pm, in the Great Hall of Canadian Memorial United, 1825 West 16th (at Burrard).
Praise for Cynthia Flood
What Can You Do ~ Reviews
“Her latest collection, What Can You Do? (sic) cements her reputation as a gifted and observant storyteller.
Technically superb, demonstrating Flood’s unstinting grasp of complex, subterranean emotion, these twelve stories tread familiar territory. The haunting “Struggle,” about a disturbed woman’s memories of her activist past, mines the rivalries and chauvinism of far-left politics in 1970s Vancouver.”
~ Trevor Corkum, The Toronto Star, 8/11/17
Special to The Globe and Mail
Steven W. Beattie
September 15, 2017
NEW: The Winnipeg Review
As the fifth collection of short stories from an award-winning author, it’s no surprise that What Can You Do is an exceptionally written and thought-provoking read. The twelve stories make up just under 150 pages, and in each one Flood does a masterful job creating a sense of existence for her characters that extends beyond the pages of their story.
~ Joanna Graham
September 25, 2017
- Journey Prize 1990 for story “My Father Took a Cake to France”
- Western Magazines Gold Award 1994 for story “Country Life”
- National Magazines Gold Award fiction 2000 for story “Religious Knowledge”
- Prism International 2nd Prize fiction 2000 for “Religious Knowledge”
- Nomination for City of Vancouver Book Award 2002 for novel Making a Stone of the Heart