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The Path of Most Resistance

Written by Russell Wangersky

Published August 20, 2016 | ISBN 9781487000684
FICTION / Short Stories

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240 pages | 8 in × 5.25 in
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About this book

The Path of Most Resistance

Russell Wangersky

As entertaining as they are insightful, the stories in The Path of Most Resistance are anchored by the concept of passive aggression in our everyday lives: ordinary people who are quietly, desperately, and indirectly trying to impose their will on the uncaring world around them.

From a woman who compulsively shops for luggage in order to sublimate her desire for a divorce to a senior citizen who tries to force his family to visit by refusing to eat, the characters in this collection try to change their lives through oblique resistance. The stories also humorously show readers how passive aggression is perhaps at its most effective when carried out in smaller, more insidious ways. Uncertain about the state of his relationship, a man obsesses, but refuses to clean, a spot of mould in the bathroom.

The Path of Most Resistance is an observant and compassionate look at the feelings of powerlessness that we all share, and will have readers silently cringing and nodding in recognition of their own bad behaviour.

About the Author

Russell Wangersky

Russell Wangersky is the author of six books. His most recent book is the short story collection The Path of Most Resistance. His crime thriller, Walt, was named one of the top crime books of the year by the National Post. Wangersky has won, or been nominated, for numerous awards for his writing, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, the Thomas Head Raddall Award for Fiction, the BMO Winterset Award, and the National Newspaper Awards. He is SaltWire Network's Atlantic regional columnist and his columns appear in 29 daily and weekly newspapers across the Atlantic provinces. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.