“Savage Love provides more evidence: Nobody alive constructs more perfect stories than Douglas Glover. His art is exquisite, conclusive, stainless — but also wide-awake and breathing. That is to say, he’s no mere craftsman. In Savage Love, he manages somehow to be both Geppetto and the magic life-giving kiss.”
Savage Love marks the long-awaited return of one of Canada’s most lauded and stylistically brilliant authors. Glover skewers every conventional notion we’ve ever held about that cultural-emotional institution of love we are instructed to hold dear.
Peopled with forensic archaeologists, horoscope writers, dental hygienists, and even butchers, Glover’s stories are of our time yet timeless; spectacular fables that stand in any era, any civilization. Whether he is writing about sexually ambiguous librarians or desperadoes of the most despicable kind, Glover exposes the humanity lurking behind our masks, the perversities that underlie our actions.
Absurd, comic, dream-like, and deeply affecting (on the molecular level), these stories revel in inventiveness yet preserve a strict adherence to the real. Glover directs his focus to moments when things seem too incredible to be supported, pointing us to truths that exhibit human nature in contexts we all recognize.
Savage Love heralds the return of a master, with laugh-out-loud stories of the best kind, often completely unexpected, rife with moments of tragedy or horror. This is Douglas Glover country, and we are all willing visitors.
“What unifies this collection is the characteristic excellence of Douglas Glover’s prose. Otherwise the book is hugely, even shockingly, varied in its narrative strategies, its settings, its tones, and its characters, who range from broadly comic figures (Fishbein the poet; the last speaker of the Ng tongue) to a killer so warped by war that he makes the psychotic Judge in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian look benign. Then there are the many struggling husbands, wives, and lovers, all “willing the universal catastrophe” of sex, love, and its aftermath. This book is urgent, ardent, obsessive, and remarkable.”
-Steven Heighton, author of The Dead Are More Visible
“An exhilarating collection. Savage, yes, but a joy to read — often funny, surprises by the wagonload, a stylistic jewel ever brilliant.”
Goose Lane, Canada, September 2013
One of Amazon.ca’s Best Books of 2013
A Globe & Mail Best Book of 2013
A Quill & Quire Best Book of 2013
Longlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award