Caught by Lisa Moore

caughtCaught was short listed for the 2013 Giller Prize. It’s the story of a young Newfoundlander, David Slaney, who escapes from prison on the eve of his birthday to attempt a do-over of the crime that got him “caught” (incarcerated) in the first place: smuggling massive amounts of pot into Canada by boat.

I loved this book, not so much for the plot, but for Slaney as a character who is complex, thoughtful, and reflective. Patterson, the cop who hunts him, is equally well rendered — vivid portraits of twin protagonists, one “good,” one “bad” on opposite sides of the law.

Moore’s language is clipped yet lyrical, dense yet economical. The cadence of the prose is like an incantation, casting a spell that evokes the details of the working poor in Canada in the 70s, the strippers, truckers, barkeeps, veterans, students, huge families, and the mentally ill trying to live their lives. I read the book twice, back to back, and I’d read it again.

–October, November 2013

Kimbiliofiction’s Interview with Roxane Gay

From Kimbiliofiction’s interview with Roxane Gay.

2. Please tell us some of the books/writers you love.

I love Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence, Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay, Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy, Zadie Smith’s NW, Edwidge Danticat’s Krik? Krak!, Edward P. Jones’s The Known World, Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go, and the list goes on and on.

13. What are you obsessed with?

I’m obsessed with stories and truth and darkness and light.