Earthbound by Kenneth Radu
review by Mark McCawley
Novelist, short story writer, memoirist, poet — Kenneth Radu is a Quebec writer who writes obsessively in English. Author of more than sixteen titles, Radu’s body of work is quickly approaching the exactness and preciseness of a writer reaching his zenith — his short story collection, The Cost of Living was short-listed for a Governor General’s award, and he has twice won the QSPELL Prize for his story collection, A Private Performance and for his novel, Distant Relations.
In Earthbound — his most recent collection of short fiction from DC Books, following his short fiction collection, Sex In Russia: New & Selected Stories, also from DC Books — Radu continues his ongoing exploration of dirty realist narratives, finding the most extraordinary within the seemingly ordinary and banal of settings, which proves there is really no story not worth the telling (especially in the hand of a talented storyteller or fictioneer).