A collection of short stories, this book features a narrative that, while unified by a dark theme, is diverse and surprisingly optimistic. The voices that recount the stories differ significantly, yet all resonate with the clarity of unmistakable truth. Avoiding the kind of graphic violence inherent in dealing with a topic like bullying, this compilation favors qualities such as courage and fortitude, sometimes displayed in the face of intimidating odds. Detailed and compassionate, it even manages to find humor as it tackles this otherwise sinister topic.
Nick Fonda is a teacher, journalist, and writer. He has contributed to various newspapers and reviews, including the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal Star, and the Sherbrooke Record, and is the author of Roads to Richmond: Portraits of Quebec's Eastern Townships. He lives in Richmond, Quebec.