Launched on Bowen Island, Nick Faragher's first collection of fiction, The Well and Other Stories Thistledown 2008), according to press material, "combines sharp-witted voyeurism, psychological twists, and an assembly of maladjusted characters whose dark desires govern their fates." Set in 1960's Greece the "The Watch Seller"; and "Birds for Breakfast"; turn on mystery and moral dilemma. Set in Italy, "Piazza del Cignois"; details how lust and deceit easily conquer romance, while the title story, "The Well"; unravels a contemporary account of deceit and Nazi ghosts. "The Promising Artist"; is a sinister tale of a narcissistic man and an overweight young woman. "A Wee Bit of Fun"; is a story derived from a homophobic hate crime in Vancouver's Stanley Park.


The Well and Other Stories Thistledown 2008) ISBN 978-1-897235-48-5 / trade paper; $16.95 / 197 pages / September 2008