Bird Eat Bird

Bird Eat Bird

A review of Bird Eat Bird by Katrina Best

Published on July 1, 2010

Bird Eat Bird
Katrina Best

Insomniac Press
$19.95
paper
168pp
9781897178942

On a sunny day in a park, with an eclectic and vocal crowd as witness, an unlikely event occurs: a pelican eats a pigeon. So begins Katrina Best’s Bird Eat Bird, an effective and witty first collection of short stories. Six cringe-inducing tales, Best’s stories are close examinations of brief and often disastrous moments in her characters’ lives. In just a few pages, Best is able to convey a setting and establish tension between characters. These characters are often weird, but Best gives them enough attention that they are also believable. Absent of cliché, the details that make up and surround her characters give them life: “Meredith watched, spellbound, as the pack- age of tripe shimmied towards her. It was the only item on the conveyor belt moving autonomously, a quivering cube of translucence, its slimy off-white contents encased in see-through plastic.” Best’s commitment to her characters’ trials makes this collection a compelling, though sometimes uncomfortable read. mRb

Vanessa Bonneau lives in Montreal, where it took super-ish hero efforts to make it to spring. But now, tulips!

Comments

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

More Reviews

Good Want

Good Want

In a vicious act of rebellion, Domenica Martinello demolishes the delusions of the capitalist pastoral.

By Martin Breul

The Social Safety Net

The Social Safety Net

In her latest book, Nora Loreto identifies the boogeyman of neoliberalism as the culprit of our present troubles.

By Jack McClelland