Written by Eva Crocker
Shortlisted for the RBC Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, High Kick is a brilliantly crafted debut collection set against the backdrop of the crashing oil economy in contemporary Newfoundland.
Financial uncertainty leads to interpersonal insecurity as an assortment of youthful protagonists navigate the everyday challenges of life — and making a living — on the island. What happens when the man interviewing you for a job takes you on a date to see a hypnotist? How do you get rid of a psychosomatic case of bedbugs? What’s the best way to get rid of a beaver dam? How do you tell someone you just started seeing that you didn’t know you had scabies when you hooked up? In the Cuffer Prize–winning story, “Skin and Mud,” two boys have an intimate encounter as they wander through the barrens one day after school.
High Kick is packed with unforgettable characters, vibrant humour, and acute insight into the overwhelming anxieties of new adults living their lives in the midst of a crumbling old economy.
EVA CROCKER’s stories have been published in Riddle Fence, The Overcast, and The Telegram’s Cuffer Anthology. High Kick was shortlisted for the 2015 RBC Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. Crocker recently completed a Master’s Degree in English Literature at Memorial University. She is currently the communications coordinator at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.