The Withdrawal Method, by Pasha Malla
ISBN: 978-0-88784-817-9 * $18.95
Iain Reid, author of One Bird’s Choice
This is a tricky business, recommending a single book. There are a handful of Anansi titles I’ve read (and thoroughly enjoyed) this year that I’m happy to extol, Holding Still For As Long As Possible, Far To Go and How Should A Person Be?, to name a few. But recently I bought a second copy of Pasha Malla’s story collection, The Withdrawal Method. This one will be a gift for my brother. I saw it in the store and remembered really enjoying it.
Before wrapping the gift copy I started flipping through the pages. I ended up reading each story again. This is a thoughtful, funny, captivating read. These stories are authentic and his own. The Withdrawal Method is Malla’s first book. Reading it will make you impatient for his next. You might even read it twice.
IAIN REID has written for several CBC Radio shows, including Definitely Not the Opera, Metro Morning, Here and Now, and GO. His work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, Iceland Review Online, and Atlantica. A graduate of Queen’s University, Iain Reid was born in Ottawa in 1981, and now lives in Kingston. One Bird’s Choice is his first book.