At The Bottom Of The Sky
Livres DC Books
“Cerberus” is named for the three-headed dog which guards Hades. Its characters find themselves trapped without light in a sewer they had been exploring. A sense of panic is skilfully evoked.
While “At the Bottom of the Sky” is a portrayal of lives on the margins, it is also a meditation on relationships, with poignant observations made in the conversations between characters. In “Paris,” the idea of falling out of love is discussed. A man named Thom says of love that we handle it, obsess over it, and it becomes so smooth that we can’t hold on to it, but ultimately it’s still there, as substantial as it ever was. It is touching observations such as this that make Dubé’s stories compelling. At the same time, these “fictions” are not straightforward narratives and the reader is often left wondering what is real. But that may be what Dubé intends. mRb