Synopses & Reviews
The thirteen stories in Vivette J. Kady's Most Wanted
drop us into domestic landscapes we think we know until we are greeted by a cross-dressing pigeon-fancier, a phone-sex worker and a three-legged dog named Duane. Most Wanted
begins with loss, ends with solace, and strange things happen in between: steak knives become darts, a mouse suffers an agonizing death, an inner incubus is embraced, and lightning strikes with amazing results.
Kady writes with the discipline of a master-builder, but her brilliance comes from the manner in which her characters transcend fractured relationships, confinement and longing, and move out into the world whole and dignified. In strong, brave prose, Kady is a compassionate observer of the bittersweet in life.
"Vivette J. Kady's debut, Most Wanted, is a collection of 13 short stories that are sharp, quick and unexpected call it suckerpunch fiction." Calgary Herald
"Kady is at her best when taking familiar scenes of romantic and familial dysfunction and infusing them with vivid detail and an impeccable sense of timing." Quill & Quire
"The 13 stories in Most Wanted...are a reminder of how hardy a plant literary fiction is." Toronto Star
"These stories present a startling array of characters who blaze their way across page after page, redefining dysfunction as they go. What seems to bind together Kady's odd assortment of children, adults, even the occasional dog, is the unsteadiness of their grip." Books in Canada
Vivette J. Kady grew up overseas, in South Africa. It is partly this that gives her such a keen perspective on human location and dislocation. Her characters, who range from teenage mothers to elderly dowsers, live dangerous and troubled lives, marked by miscommunication and pain, but also by intangible moments of joy. Indeed, it is perhaps these strange joys that are most vivid in her stories. Lightning isn't just one single stroke that falls to the earth, says one of her characters. It moves so quickly, we can't see it's actually rising, not falling. It is this rise in the midst of apparent fall that courses through Kady's work.'
Early that summer, my grandma dropped dead watching The Price is Right, and the following week Aunt Lois, my mother's sister, moved in and declared we would no longer be running a breeding factory.'
About the Author
Vivette J. Kady grew up in South Africa where she studied architecture before immigrating to Canada and starting to write. She now lives in Toronto. Her fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in Canada and the United States, including The Journey Prize Anthology, Coming Attractions and Best Canadian Stories, and has been short-listed for the Journey Prize, a National Magazine Award, and a Western Magazine Award. She is also a seeing-eye human to a blind dog. She has climbed to the top of the highest dune in the Namib desert, and she used to be a go-go dancer, in South Africa.