James Marshall

In 2004, the Malahat Review nominated James Marshall’s “Let’s Not Let A Little Thing Like The End Of The World Come Between Us” for both the National Magazine Award for fiction and the M&S Journey Prize. The story also merited distinction as one of the four best works in the Fiction category of the 22nd Annual Western Magazine Awards. Other stories have been published in Prism International; Exile, The Literary Quarterly; and Prairie Fire.







short fiction

210 pages/trade paper

Available in the US
World Rights Available

ISBN: 978-1-894345-74-3
List Price: $18.95

James Marshall

A Jesus Christ look alike has trouble with his girlfriend . . . a bodybuilder does sit ups from the window of a speeding car . . . a burn victim and his freakishly beautiful love interest creatively loot homes while a forest fire approaches . . . a female cult member tries to convince a young man to let doctors harvest his recently-deceased wife’s organs . . .

In a second to none engagement of the reader, James Marshall’s stories bristle with fictional restlessness. This debut collection is a true literary “find” and Marshall’s an exciting new voice.

“James Marshall’s wit is acidic, salvaged by a deep, although shaken, humanism. His stories are charmed with the glow of small-time Canadian losers and dreamers living in a broken, plugged-in world. This is Heinrich Böll for our time, Alice Munro dressed in jeans and leather, pumped up on testosterone and fear, Raymond Carver taken north to drown in the middle of a forest fire, each alcoholic bubble bursting into flame, and, always, the wounded, broken, and oddly heroic Canada of a thousand ironies we all live in but haven’t yet had in a book, and, thankfully, miraculously have in this book now.”
— Harold Rhenish

  • Shortlisted for the Best First Book category in the Caribbean & Canada region of the 2005 Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
  • Finalist for the 5th Annual ReLit Awards.

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