Alexander Laidlaw wrote the collection of short stories Dead Flowers (Nightwood 2019). Publicity for the book notes: "These are stories of peripheral tragedies, moral ambivalence and compromise, chance and how we are shaped by what finds us." From a cook at a Montreal cafe encountering a tyrannical new manager, to a young student struggling with her identity who deals an existential blow to her roommate, Laidlaw's stories feature estranged characters grappling with life.

Dead Flowers (Nightwood 2019) $19.95 978-0-88971-355-0

[BCBW 2019]