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

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