2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist
Confidence is a riveting collection of short stories that explore a number of uncomfortable truths. Russell Smith’s bold take on contemporary life – sex, lies, violence, the search for tenderness, and the complexity of deceit – marries a remarkably astute understanding of the life of the desperately hip and urbane with the craft of literary writing. The slightest gesture is captured in a few words, yet illuminates not simply the moment, but a culture. This is an important and deeply affecting collection.
About the Book
Ecstasy-taking PhD students, financial traders desperate for husbands, and experimental filmmakers who record every second of their day, populate the eight short stories in Confidence. Whether in private clubs, crowded restaurants, psychiatric wards, or their own living room, every character has a secret of some kind. Russell Smith displays a satirical sensibility as he plumbs the psyches of individuals confronting displacement from the limelight though shifting fashion, mounting financial pressure, or the reality of aging. Rarely have the lives of the urban hip been chronicled with such knowing empathy and humour.
About the Author
Russell Smith was previously nominated for this prize in 2005 for his novel Muriella Pent. He is the author of 10 books, including the novels How Insensitive and Girl Crazy. Smith writes a weekly column on the arts for The Globe and Mail and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Guelph. Confidence was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize earlier this month. He lives in Toronto.