Tuesday, March 25, 2014

STARRED REVIEW FOR CATARACT CITY IN PW

Hello All,

Well, this is very nice. A good start for things as the book rolls towards its June pub date. All best, Craig.


 Cataract City

Craig Davidson. Graywolf, $16 trade paper (416p) ISBN 978-1-55597-674-3

Childhood friends pursue lives on opposite sides of the law in this sweeping literary crime novel from Davidson (Rust and Bone). Owen Stuckey and Duncan Diggs meet as children, growing up on the streets of Cataract City, on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. One night, during the chaos of a brawl, the 12-year-old boys are abducted, and spend a hellish week lost in the woods. From this point on, their trajectories split: Owen becomes a high school basketball star, and later a cop; Duncan becomes a boxer and small-time hood. Yet they remain tethered, not only by friendship and shared trauma but also by Edwina, a fiery free spirit they both love. When dogfighting, smuggling, and then murder ratchet up the stakes between the two men, old bonds are pitted against current loyalties. Davidson makes Cataract City itself a character, and brilliantly evokes life in a gritty industrial town—the men and women smell like their respective product lines at the local Nabisco factory, and drink at the same bleak bars their entire lives. Although Davidson takes a few small missteps—as children, the boys have confusingly similar nicknames, and some plot points strain credulity—the characters, audacious sweep of the story, and propulsive noir writing make this novel a standout. To live in Cataract City, Duncan observes, is “to accept many disappointments”; Davidson’s novel, on the other hand, lives up to its promise. (July)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

CALGARY HERALD INTERVIEW

Hello All,

Huge thanks to Eric Volmers, tireless (and very thorough!) reporter for the Calgary Herald for taking the time to record and later coalesce my rambling, nonsensical diatribe into a very nice interview. I'll be reading in Calgary this coming Tuesday the 18th as part of the Dark Side Tour, with some other really great writers. Check the link out for more info!

CALGARY HERALD

DARK SIDE TOUR

Also, an interview with the Ottawa Citizen. I think this is the first interview I've ever done where at least one of my answers might be termed "snippy." I hope not, I am always grateful to anyone for taking the time to ask questions and I always try to give interesting answers—but not pissy ones. Maybe I did so, just this once. I won't make a habit of it.

OTTAWA CITIZEN

All best,
Craig.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

CATARACT CITY UK REVIEWS

Hello All,

So, Cataract City's been out in the UK for awhile. Reviews have trickled in here and there. They're not really as blown away by it in the UK, overall ... not to claim anyone was blown away by it here in Canada, but the reviews were generally pretty decent. Tougher crowd over the Pond. Really, I've been incredibly fortunate with the reviews to this point, and the book itself is—like anything I've written—not for everyone. There's a certain "luck of the draw" aspect to book reviews: if you get a reviewer whose tastes fall in line with this sort of thing, then maybe you'll have a better go of it than if the book is given to a reviewer whose tastes flow in a different direction. All this is well and good and understandable; a lot of critics are writers, too, so they know how much chance, fate, and circumstance comes into play with all of this. As always, I'm grateful to anyone for taking the time to read and engage with the book, even if their experience isn't what I'd hoped it would be for them, or for any reader.

THE INDEPENDENT
Huge thanks to Doug Johnstone for his review.

FINANCIAL TIMES
Thank you to Orlando Bird.

THE GUARDIAN
This ... this is a bit of a scorcher. Which is triply too bad for me, because #1. The Guardian's a pretty damn big paper, #2. Like I said, it's not a great review, and 3. I really enjoy M John Harrison's work, so it's unfortunate it's not much of a mutual admiration society. But it's a fair reading of the book and brings up points that I think some readers might struggle with.

All best, Craig.

Monday, March 3, 2014

RTE IRELAND RADIO INTERVIEW

Hello All,

Want to listen to me blether on about Cataract City on Irish public radio? Of COURSE you do!

RTE RADIO 1 INTERVIEW

All best, Craig.