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By Pasha Malla

“Long after I had finished reading them, Malla’s stories . . . resonated in my mind, revealing his tenacious skill. . . What is most alluring about Malla’s writing is his unfailing ability to grasp the fallibility of his characters as they try to do the right thing, fail, and then go on. . . .Sophisticated and unpretentious, Malla’s approach shows endless empathy for his characters. Like David Foster Wallace and Rick Moody, Malla often asks painful questions, revealing equally painful truths.”
Quill and Quire

“. . . [The Withdrawal Method is] an astonishing and bizarre mix. . . Pasha Malla is an impressive young voice that gives one hope for a future of new Canadian writing talent. . .”
The Montreal Gazette


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Pasha Malla’s debut collection of short stories, The Withdrawal Method, heralds a refreshing voice on the literary scene.

Haunting and fresh, shot through with empathy and humour, Pasha Malla’s deceptively smooth, brilliant stories grant us entry into fascinating worlds–the forbidden, complex world of children acting out half-understood fantasies of adulthood; the familiar, modern world of young couples navigating hairpin emotional turns; a near-future world where Niagara Falls has run dry; a long-past world where a frustrated chess-master unwittingly invents a sinister machine that will affect the lives of generations to come.

As in the extraordinary stories of writers such as Lorrie Moore, Haruki Murakami, George Saunders, and Barbara Gowdy, Pasha Malla offers us characters who are recognizable and situations that are familiar, and then peels back layers to reveal the strange, the wondrous, and the unexpected. The Withdrawal Method is an assured and mature first collection from one of our best young writers, one who pairs striking emotional depth with remarkable technical skill.

“Original, clever and Smart.”
-Colm Tóibín

“These stories are weird and wild and wonderful. Funny, too. Pasha Malla has a deft touch.”
-David Bergen, Giller Prize-winning author of The Time In Between

“Pasha Malla is a writer of considerable talent. . . an impressive young voice that gives one hope for a future of new Canadian writing talent to shine on the horizon.”
The Globe and Mail

“Pasha Malla’s considerable talent has already been recognized in several prize nominations. The stories here are an astonishing and bizarre mix of styles, voices and locales, from Vienna in 1755 to a rather scary future Niagara Falls. Malla is an impressive young voice that gives one hope for a future of new Canadian writing talent.”
-Globe 100 Best Book

“[Malla has] created a narrative that simultaneously traps us within the child’s world while allowing us the advantage of being slightly apart. It’s not a long story, but its control and elegance are astounding.”
Walrus Magazine – about the story “Big City Girls” from The Withdrawal Method

“Amusing and affecting, an accomplished first book by a writer to watch.”
NOW Magazine

“[F]or my money one of the best young writers in Canada [is] Pasha Malla.”

“…Honest and confident stories… devoted to the timeless narrative rewards of the fickle human heart. . .the bittersweet mixture of loss and humour bubbles through.”
The Globe and Mail (review of Malla’s Journey Prize stories)

“Pasha Malla’s remarkable debut collection The Withdrawal Method is a sign (or warning) of things to come.”
The Coast

“At the end of each story I was a satisfied customer.The collection is full of stories all engaging and well-paced enough to pull you through with ease.”
-The Brooklyn Rail

Interview with Bookslut


House of Anansi Press, Canada, Spring 2008

Counterpoint Press (Soft Skull), US, Spring 2009

Lux Books, Germany


Longlisted for the Giller Prize

Globe 100 Best Book, 2008

National Post Top 10 Book, 2008

Shortlisted for The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Best First Book) 2009

Winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Winner of the 2009 Trillium Book Award

Other Books by Pasha Malla