Debris

Debris

Finalist for the 2016 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

Nominated for the 2015 Danuta Gleed Literary Award

One of Quill & Quire’s Books of the Year, 2015

One of 49th Shelf's Books of the Year, 2015

The eleven remarkable stories in Kevin Hardcastle’s debut Debris introduce an authentic new voice. Written in a lean and muscular style and brimming with both violence and compassion, these stories unflinchingly explore the lives of those — MMA fighters, the institutionalized, small-town criminals — who exist on the fringes of society, unveiling the blood and guts and beauty of life in our flyover regions.


Title:Debris
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781771960403
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    Debris Reviews

  • Richard Derus

    Rating: 4.5* of five, rounded up because we can get a new homepage that nobody wanted but still can't have half-starsMy review of DEBRIS is up at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud for your amusement and ed...

  • Kris Bertin

    Do you like careful, measured prose? Do you like literary fiction but find that it doesn't have enough raw violence for you? Do you like stunning descriptions of inhospitable landscapes and back count...

  • Lisa Nikolits

    I had high expectations of a book endorsed by John Irving. I was not disappointed. This collection of short stories is addictive and gritty reading, superbly crafted and grounded in compassion and und...

  • Adam Sol

    My butt is sore from the kicking this collection gave it. Really strong, exciting stories with some bone-crunchingly vivid description. Perhaps a bit of repetition of the young-man-trying-and-failing-...

  • Jean-marcel

    A friend of mine just recently returned from a work-related sojourn in the mountainous interior of British Columbia. This is a burly fellow; a man very fond of physical labour and challenges, and one ...

  • David

    A strong, assured debut, this collection of stories covers similar territory to DW Wilson and Craig Davidson: tough characters on the fringes of society who drink a lot, shoot quite a bit and get into...

  • Keith Rosson

    Call it 4.5. Great read. Violent, but you should have no qualms about calling this a "literary" work - it is. Beautifully written stories about people on the lower rungs and the choices (or lack there...

  • Steven Buechler

    This book is one of those reads that any English teacher in high school would have cringed at if it came up as a read. The language is frank, bold, violent and vulgar. But it reflects a gritty reality...

  • Kelvin

    Stark as the winter sun. Violence and grit abound in this collection of hillbilly-meets-Ferrante short stories. "Bandit" is excellent, as is the titular story "Debris". Well-tuned dialogue.(I'd give t...

  • Andrew Hood

    Of course the fringe grittiness will be the dominant talking point with Hardcastle's writing. Yet the refinement and delicacy of the seeing and telling makes for a stoic beauty that's the real success...