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Bad Endings Reviewed in The Globe & Mail

As someone who has been writing reviews for the Globe for a few years, I can’t deny I’ve been dreaming about one day seeing my work reviewed there. I really appreciate the way Jade Colbert brought a discussion of theory and politics into her review, because it’s there, but I was worried these things might get lost in the whirlwind of messiness and emotion I was also trying to create. So many thanks to Colbert and Globe Books, for giving Bad Endings some page space!

“Baker pushes readers to reconsider their desire for resolution. Eschewing the easy, the neat, the smoothed over, allows us to consider the things about ourselves we might not like. There’s a political dimension to this. One thread running through this book is the threat of environmental collapse – drought, massive bee death, dwindling salmon stock – and humans’ awkward interventions.”

Read the full review here.

Francine Cunningham’s Complex 2675 on Joyland Vancouver: Twin Peaks Meets Melrose.

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Reading Francine Cunningham’s Complex 2675 reminded me of Twin Peaks: dark and surreal, with high emotional stakes edging on satire, and intense visuals. I was so taken by how visual the piece was, I contacted Cunningham (who is also a talented visual artist) to see if she was interested in providing illustrations for the story. I thought we could present Complex 2675 in a serialized format, with new episodes (or “issues”) every week for four weeks, giving readers the opportunity to revisit the lives of Mary, Gerry, Sarah, and other residents of an apartment building where everyone spends way too much time thinking about themselves or nosing around in each other’s business (so kind of like real life then). I recommend reading it with the slow pacing those old nineties TV shows had, and a sense of weird foreboding.

This is different for Joyland, since we usually publish a complete story all in one sitting. NOT THIS TIME. So, for the month of May, please enjoy a new issue of Complex 2675 EVERY MONDAY, starting today!

Bad Endings in the Hamilton Review of Books

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“The online magazine Joyland — who have published two of Baker’s stories if you want a preview — say they are “pretty sure she’s the new master of relationship tragicomedy,” but I would argue that she may be master of endings, too.”

Many thanks to Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and the Hamilton Review of Books for this very generous review of Bad Endings. My dad just emailed and told me not to go getting a big head!

Read the review here.

Bad Endings Reviewed in Matrix Mag

“There never seem to be any answers in the stories in Bad Endings; rather, the questions Baker poses are of such quiet magnitude that we don’t need them.”

Thanks very much to Andrew MacDonald and Matrix for this lovely review of Bad Endings that, (according to reports) made my parents choke up a little!

Read it here.

Lit Reactor: 10 New Female Authors That Should Be On Your Radar

This is great! I’m very honoured to be included on Lit Reactor’s 10 New Female Authors That Should be on Your Radar list! I’m in very good company. Thanks to Gabino Iglesias @ Lit Reactor.

Check it out!

 

Bad Endings in The Winnipeg Review

Many thanks to Casey Plett and the Winnipeg Review for the great Review of Bad Endings. They also included excerpts from Grey Water, definitely one of the weirder stories!

Read the review here.

Read excerpts from Grey Water here.

Review of Bad Endings in The Georgia Straight

Many thanks to Brett Josef Grubisic and The Georgia Straight for this kind review of Bad Endings.

“Often working with conventional subjects like love, connection, loss, and purpose, Baker offers refreshing or off-kilter perspectives on them. Her characters possess an abundance of hard-luck stories, true, but she writes them as sometimes wrong and sometimes foolish and hence eminently human in their fallibility.”

Read the rest of the review in The Georgia Straight.