Malls and Velcro, television and art galleries, restaurants and bars, drugs and alcohol are the backdrops and props of modern life in the city, but even the disenchanted and confused benefit from the ever-changing constellations and confrontations with other people and other dreams.
"This collection of 19 stories will intrigue, amuse and unsettle....[and] rest in a reader's consciousness long after the book is put away."
-- Motion Magazine
"Alluring stories....Her fiction sneaks up on you."
-- Black Cat 115
"...this is an intriguing -- and eclectic -- collection."
-- Canadian Book Review Annual
"...quirky, energetic tales darkened by the shadows of modern malaise."
-- Quill & Quire
"[Berry's stories have] a shocking subtlety that stays with the reader as a sort of afterglow."
-- The Toronto Star
"Reading How To Get There From Here is like viewing your own image in an x-ray machine. It is the world of the familiar turned inside out, all the hidden illnesses and weaknesses revealed to the naked eye."
"These are skillfully told stories which mark the debut of a highly talented writer."
-- University of Toronto Quarterly
"Michelle Berry's people—those at centre stage -- occupy what seems at first a safe and ordinary world. But in the wings she keeps her shadows, which lengthen skilfully. Rarely is the story what, or where, it seems. These silky-smooth stories, so strategically told, effervescent and dark at the edges, mark the debut of a wonderfully original young writer."
-- Leon Rooke
"These stories are nifty miniatures, which spike into the readers' consciousness and stay there. Berry specializes in the off-kilter moments in so-called everyday life. Her characters are determinedly ordinary folks who back into moments of strangeness. Reading these tales feels like the moment when you step off the escalator; for an instant the body lurches."
-- Ann Ireland
"To be invited into any of Michelle Berry's stories is to be let into a world that is strangely familiar yet eerily unsettling. Her people are as real as any one of us, her dialogue unmistakably true, her prose startlingly plain.
Berry had a bright future in Canadian writing."
"Throughout this, her first collection, Michelle Berry has placed nearly perfect metaphors and charged images for which more established writers would gladly sacrifice their early works. In this collection of parables for the end of the millennium—comic, tragic,
human—Berry offers up bright and usually still surfaces that hint breezily at darker stirrings beneath."
Michelle Berry has been widely published in many Canadian literary magazines, national newspapers, and anthologies. She is the author of seven books of fiction, two novels of which have been published in the UK as well as in Canada. She has published two collections of short stories with Turnstone Press, I Still Don't Even Know You and How To Get There From Here. Turnstone Press also re-released four of Berry's previously published books: Margaret Lives in the Basement, What We All Want, Blur, and Blind Crescent. Berry is a reviewer for The Globe and Mail, and teaches at the University of Toronto and Humber College. Born in California and raised in Victoria, B.C., Berry now lives in Peterborough, ON with her family.