Wave Forms and Doom Scrolls (Paperback)
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In this heart-twisting collection of short stories, Daniel Scott Tysdal delves deep into the human experience. From the middle-aged man involved in a suicide cult, to the young woman trying to write a poem for a friend who has recently died, to the daughter of a man who loses everything on a theme park, these stories are filled with beautifully drawn and often profoundly flawed characters. Throughout the collection, Tysdal looks unflinchingly at the darkness of society, at suicide, at internet trolls, at violence, but the powerful empathy of his writing brings significance to even the most tragic moments. These stories have intricate and unexpected plots, filmic descriptions, and crisp writing, but what will stay with the reader is the way Wave Forms and Doom Scrolls breaks the reader’s heart and then puts it back together again, filled with compassion for these lost souls.
About the Author
Daniel Scott Tysdal is the ReLit Award–winning author of three books of poetry, the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press), and the TEDx talk “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life).” His short fiction has earned a number of honours, including the Thomas Morton Prize for Fiction and runner up for the Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award. His short film adaptations of his stories “Humanity’s Wing” and “Wave Form” have screened internationally. He teaches at the University of Toronto Scarborough.