CONFIDENCE by Russell Smith (Biblioasis), 158 pages, $19.95 paper. Rating: NNNN
You may loathe his characters – almost all of them men, many of them whiny, often recreational drug users, invariably with appalling attitudes toward women. But you have to love Russell Smith’s daring.
Confidence, his collection of eight short stories (a Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalist), demonstrates his singular ability to write about shallow people and still make a deep impact. more