Richard Scarsbrook is the author of The Indifference League. His short stories and poems have appeared in Descant, The Dalhousie Review, Prairie Fire, Matrix, Toronto Quarterly, and the NeWest Review. He teaches creative writing courses at George Brown and Humber Colleges, and is a mentor for the Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program. He lives in Toronto.
Rockets Versus Gravity
A National Post Bestseller!
A multi-faceted story that explores how small actions and changes can give rise to startling and unintended consequences.
Trajectory. Declination. Impact. Escape Velocity. These are rocketry terms that could also describe aspects of the human experience.
A lumberjack obsessed with space travel loses four different wedding rings, and each of the lost rings symbolizes something different to the person who finds it.
There are the members of a rich family whose dramas overlap with those of the homeless people living right next door, under the bridges of the Rosedale Ravine. The wheelchair-bound teen who declares war on a man parking his luxury car in the handicapped parking spot. The would-be rock star selling insurance, whose terminal diagnosis sets his life on a new and dizzying path.
And many others. Every person is connected to every other — genetically, coincidentally, necessarily, or randomly. Every action has a consequence, seen or unseen, from the sublime to the catastrophic.
Creates its own small universe of hope, frustration, love, lust, tragedy, and comedy. Each chapter adds to a quirky wholeness, forming a haunting pattern evocative of Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio.
Expertly weaves these seemingly unrelated characters into one larger story — a technique reminiscent of Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad. Scarsbrook portrays these characters so vividly that the reader cannot help but empathize with them.
Such a fun ride … Each story weaves from one to another and it is fun putting them all together.
what I loved most about this book was how it all came together, how all the characters were connected in some way, which, as I see all the time, isn’t that unrealistic.
Scarsbrook provides readers with a mosaic—a series of narratives that straddle the line between a full-fledged novel and a collection of interlocking short stories. Embracing ideas of synchronicity and chaos theory, Scarsbrook jumps around in time and place