By Amy Jones
Amy Jones’ Metcalf-Rooke Award-winning short fiction collection What Boys Like brings together a motley assemblage of urban misfits and outsiders, and explores their love/hate relationship with their city and one another. Whether a parent and a child struggling with poverty, sisters trying to find their place in a family, two friends separated by distance and time, or between lovers who find themselves growing apart, Jones’ stories grapple with lust, love and loss with an unsentimental eye, while remaining open to the sharp-edged humour caused by chaotic and random nature of life, and the absurdity of the world around them. What Boys Like introduces another thrillingly original literary voice.
“Her writing reads like understanding – as if there’s no gap between the words and what they make you perceive. The top 10 of these 15 tales would make a book that is close to perfect.”
–Globe and Mail
“Story after story she’s hauling out some new literary stunt, some new way to make her story enthrall you.”
Biblioasis, Canada, April 2011
Winner of the 2008-2009 Metcalfe-Rooke Award