Melissa Steel's characters are looking for love, but they're willing to settle. They don't dare to feel flat-out greed or lust or hate. Instead they wander around, repeating the mantra "everything is okay." It isn't.
These brutally funny stories provide valuable advice on destroying friendships, flirting with your marriage counsellor, cheating at Diplomacy, dumping your boyfriend via Call Waiting, and enrolling your children in the right elementary school programme.
Steele spoons up bitter medicine for modern life and burns away the veneer of everyday politeness.
"Melissa Steele's incisive and wonderful prose stares right at you and won't look away. These well-crafted stories are startling, hilarious, and wise." - John K. Samson, singer/songwriter, The Weakerthans
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Melissa Steele won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. She has taught writing and literature and worked as a radio journalist. Her fiction has appeared in journals including Prairie Fire, Zygote, and City Magazine. She lives in Winnipeg.