Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth

Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth

Written by: Evans, Christopher

In stories both absurd and all-too-real, Christopher Evans paints a portrait of the uncanniness of modern life through characters trapped in the space between expectation and reality.

Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth is peopled by strays — those who fall for the allure of nostalgia, grapple with male fragility, deny familial trauma, and acquiesce to authority. Resignation and reinvention are always a breath apart for these characters whose lives have fallen short of their dreams, and for others who never expected more.

A healthy-pet-food producer is haunted by a pop song from her past. Nine siblings band together to raise themselves after parental abandonment. A domestic argument reveals a woman’s supernatural gift. A failing musician finds his calling soundtracking another man’s life. 

Stalked by who you think you are, who others think you are, and who you want to be, Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth is a collection at the threshold of perception and reality.

In stories both absurd and all-too-real, Christopher Evans paints a portrait of the uncanniness of modern life through characters trapped in the space between expectation and reality.

Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth is peopled by strays — those who fall for the allure of nostalgia, grapple with male fragility, deny familial trauma, and acquiesce to authority. Resignation and reinvention are always a breath apart for these characters whose lives have fallen short of their dreams, and for others who never expected more.

A healthy-pet-food producer is haunted by a pop song from her past. Nine siblings band together to raise themselves after parental abandonment. A domestic argument reveals a woman’s supernatural gift. A failing musician finds his calling soundtracking another man’s life. 

Stalked by who you think you are, who others think you are, and who you want to be, Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth is a collection at the threshold of perception and reality.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Feb 1, 2022
Specifications 248 pages | 5.5 in x 7 in
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CHRISTOPHER EVANS is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing Program and a former Prose Editor for PRISM international. His work has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, New Quarterly, Lifted Brow, EVENT, Maisonneuve, and elsewhere and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He currently teaches creative writing to children in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

“In crisp, forthright prose, Christopher Evans’s clear-eyed and compassionate collection of stories documents a present (and near future) that is both utterly bizarre and ambiguously hopeful. This is exactly what we need to be reading.” — Carleigh Baker, author of Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalist Bad Endings

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“Christopher Evans’s stories fracture the mundane to reveal a bedrock of absurdity. Like Donald Barthelme, Evans brandishes humour in the face of reality, both defamiliarizing and helping us see more clearly the familiar emotional lives of his characters. These stories will make you laugh — until you notice your reflection peeking out between the pages.” — John Elizabeth Stintzi, author of Vanishing Monuments and Junebat

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“Evans’s stories are littered with characters who are under the impression they are normal people. They are horribly, tragically mistaken . . . a perfect depiction of human nature. These stories are hilarious, strange, and touching. At their root, they are an exploration of the deep sadness of modern existence, which can only be conveyed through an equally deep humour.” — Jen Neale, author of Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalist Land Mammals and Sea Creatures

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“Uncanny in their capture of the anxiety of our times, these stories buzz with urgency, sting with humour, and probe a beguiling dream state: the absurdity and audacity of being human.” — Nancy Lee, author of VanCity Book Prize winner The Age

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“The stories in Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth jangle with quiet urgency as their discontented protagonists grope for connection with each other and yearn for some small measure of fulfillment. Christopher Evans is so good at finding hilarity in the hopelessness, and cultivating tenderness for his flawed and fumbling characters.” — Jessica Westhead, author of And Also Sharks and Things Not to Do

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“The stories in Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth draw readers into tiny worlds where the unreal combines seamlessly with the everyday. Written with humour and grace, Christopher Evans’s characters are thrown into situations that grow absurd and out of proportion, amplifying their failures and faults and exposing the truth of modern life. This is a wonderful collection.” — Michael Melgaard, author of Pallbearing

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“This is a wonderful collection from a sure-footed writer with a great ear for dialogue. Meticulously observed, the stories illustrate how ordinary life often thrums with mysterious, elusive truths just waiting to be grasped, if only we are brave enough.” — Foreword Reviews

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PRAISE FOR CHRISTOPHER EVANS AND NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH

“In crisp, forthright prose, Christopher Evans’s clear-eyed and compassionate collection of stories documents a present (and near future) that is both utterly bizarre and ambiguously hopeful. This is exactly what we need to be reading.” — Carleigh Baker, author of Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalist Bad Endings

“Christopher Evans’s stories fracture the mundane to reveal a bedrock of absurdity. Like Donald Barthelme, Evans brandishes humour in the face of reality, both defamiliarizing and helping us see more clearly the familiar emotional lives of his characters. These stories will make you laugh — until you notice your reflection peeking out between the pages.” — John Elizabeth Stintzi, author of Vanishing Monuments and Junebat

“Evans’s stories are littered with characters who are under the impression they are normal people. They are horribly, tragically mistaken . . . a perfect depiction of human nature. These stories are hilarious, strange, and touching. At their root, they are an exploration of the deep sadness of modern existence, which can only be conveyed through an equally deep humour.” — Jen Neale, author of Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalist Land Mammals and Sea Creatures

“Uncanny in their capture of the anxiety of our times, these stories buzz with urgency, sting with humour, and probe a beguiling dream state: the absurdity and audacity of being human.” — Nancy Lee, author of VanCity Book Prize winner The Age

“The stories in Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth jangle with quiet urgency as their discontented protagonists grope for connection with each other and yearn for some small measure of fulfillment. Christopher Evans is so good at finding hilarity in the hopelessness, and cultivating tenderness for his flawed and fumbling characters.” — Jessica Westhead, author of And Also Sharks and Things Not to Do

“The stories in Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth draw readers into tiny worlds where the unreal combines seamlessly with the everyday. Written with humour and grace, Christopher Evans’s characters are thrown into situations that grow absurd and out of proportion, amplifying their failures and faults and exposing the truth of modern life. This is a wonderful collection.” — Michael Melgaard, author of Pallbearing

“This is a wonderful collection from a sure-footed writer with a great ear for dialogue. Meticulously observed, the stories illustrate how ordinary life often thrums with mysterious, elusive truths just waiting to be grasped, if only we are brave enough.” — Foreword Reviews

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