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Bad Things Happen
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The characters in Bad Things Happen — professors, janitors, webcam models, small-time criminals — are between things. Between jobs and marriages, states of sobriety, joy and anguish; between who they are and who they want to be. Kris Bertin's unforgettable debut introduces us to people at the tenuous moment before everything in their lives change, for better or worse.

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Kris Bertin. (2016). Bad Things Happen. Biblioasis.

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Kris Bertin. 2016. Bad Things Happen. Biblioasis.

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Kris Bertin, Bad Things Happen. Biblioasis, 2016.

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        Kris Bertin's stories have appeared in The Walrus, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, PRISM International, and other magazines. He is a two-time winner of the Jack Hodgins' Founders' Award for Fiction and has had his work anthologized in The Journey Prize Anthology, Oberon's Coming Attractions and EXILE's CVC Anthology. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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        In this excellent debut collection of 10 stories, men and women are caught at precipitous crossroads in their lives. In the title story, two teenage girls break into a local heartthrob’s home to discover he’s not at all what they expected; in “Your #1 Killer,” a mother learns of her mendacious son’s true calling as a master exterminator. “Make Your Move” and “Everywhere Money” play with structure in interesting ways: the former includes multiple endings as if life were a noir-ish choose-your-own-adventure tale; the latter details in similar fashion the many ways in which people convince themselves to walk away from a life. “Is Alive and Can Move” and “The Story Here” both deal with perspectives in transition. In the first, a recovering alcoholic becomes convinced the college building in which he works as a janitor is alive and is physically moving and changing of its own accord; the second, the most affecting story in this collection, focuses on one woman’s awareness of her own family’s history as her father’s many divorces are contrasted with her dreams of the end of the world. This is a forceful, well-written collection with breadth of imagination—at times melancholy but never depressing.

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        Backwater towns and ratty urban neighborhoods. Marginalized characters making the best of it, like the teenage girl desperate to get out of town and the somewhat older convenience store man whose story rubs uncomfortably against hers. Or the garbage man new to his job, trying to master the rules, and quickly learning that garbage is the least of what's ugly about his work and the families he services. It sounds grim, but the stories in this debut collection from award-winning Canadian author Bertin are smart and nuanced, pulsing with humanity. Bertin doesn't condescend to the damaged lives he carefully portrays, and, like the limo driver here who reimagines versions of a single work night, he's got a bristly imagination. VERDICT A writer to watch who effectively captures lives lived achingly beyond the glamourous.

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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