Praise for Cynthia Flood’s Earlier Books
- 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
CYNTHIA FLOOD: YOU ARE HERE
1634 Shades of empire and activism
You are Here presents insightful, often incisive, glances into fictional lives. Whether her subject is a young woman, an old man, or the more-than-human, whether her setting is mid- 20th century London or Toronto or 21st-Century Vancouver, Cynthia Flood employs a realistic style to glances into characters who are products of their respective time and place, while at the same time surprising, sometimes jarring, us with unpredictability.
~ Ginny Ratsoy, The British Columbia Review, Nov. 20, 2022
CYNTHIA FLOOD AT THE TOP OF HER GAME IN WHAT CAN YOU DO
“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
The Vancouver Sun Review of What Can You Do
Magic 8 Q & A with CBC Books. Read the interview.
NEW: Review in Pickle Me This
I knew I was in very good company when I was out for dinner in late September, and we were talking about books, and every single one of us had something admiring to say about the work of Cynthia Flood.
~ Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This December 5, 2017.