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Fairfield: the Last Sad Stories of G. Brandon Sisnett
When G. Brandon Sisnett dies at his computer “a mild spring day in March,” he leaves behind two unfinished works in his Montreal home. One, a political tract typical of the kind of rant the reclusive writer was famous for, the other an unexpected box of short fiction none of his publishers was aware existed. At first read a seemingly “random collection of . . . fragments and miscellanea,” it soon becomes clear the stories contain a mystery surrounding the sad death of the Barbadian-born author’s four-year-old daughter, his retreat from society, and the recurring name of “Fairield.” An amazing book, Sandiford’s newest collection is an intimate, insightful look at how we all strive to live with the memory of love and loss.
“This collection offer some lovable characters dealing with grim aspects of existence, beautiful prose, and many moments for reflection on life’s enigmas and complexity.”
– H. Nigel Thomas, Montreal Community Contact, March 2016
"This tightly paced narration and deft use of language is key to the success of a demanding form defined by its brevity. Sandiford celebrates the genre for “the tremendous amount that can be said in a short story … how brilliant the language can be, more so because it’s told in such a concentrated form.” And he displays the ability to take full advantage of these features."
–The Montreal Review of Books 2016
Read Full Review at:http://mtlreviewofbooks.ca/v4/reviews/fairfield/
Jeffrey Mackie, host of CKUT’s Literary Report on the Tuesday Morning After, talks with Robert Sandiford about his new short story collection, Fairfield: The Last Sad Stories of G. Brandon Sisnett...
Interview with Linda Deane, Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation
“...we see stories of mass killings that lead to stories of political unrest. We see the name Michael used as inspiration in one story then used to propel us into a story entitled “Michel” about a young boy subjected to bullying and prejudice. We see a story about a man’s unexpected suicide precede the story of an abused child’s suicide. Fairfield makes us dive further into the stories no matter how much we like to stay on the sidelines. It implores us to piece together the fragments of memory and their dichotomies as well—of home and elsewhere, suicide and natural death, heterosexual and homosexual relationships.”
– Racquel Griffith, artsetcbarbados.com
Author Robert Edison Sandiford
Robert Edison Sandiford is a founding editor of ArtsEtc: The Premier Cultural Guide to Barbados (artsetcbarbados.com) and has worked as a journalist, book publisher, video producer with Warm Water Productions, and teacher. He has won awards for both his writing and editing, including Barbadosí Governor General's Award of Excellence in Literary Arts and the Harold Hoyte Award, and been shortlisted for the Frank Collymore Literary Award. He still divides his time between Canada and Barbados.
Fairfield, Robert Edison Sandiford, 160 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, Short Stories, November 2015.
ISBN: 978-1-927599-35-8 (paper) . . . $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-927599-36-5 (Bound*). . . $36.95
* This book is “perfect bound” with an add-on hand bound cover, no dust jacket.
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Also by the Author
The Tree of Youth and Other Stories, Robert Edison Sandiford, 136 pp., 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, November 2005, Short Stories ISBN: 1-897190-04-2, (paper) ... $17.95 ISBN: 1-897190-05-0 (Bound) ... $28.95
Sand for Snow: A Caribbean-Canadian Chronicle, Robert Edison Sandiford, 188 pp., 5 x 8, December 2003, Memoir ISBN: 0-919688-79-9 (paper) ... $15.95 ISBN: 0-919688-81-0 (Hard Cover) ... $26.95
And Sometimes They Fly, 195 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, April 2013, Novel ISBN: 978-1-897190-94-4 (paper) ... $21.95 ISBN: 978-1-927599-29-7 (Hard Cover) ... $32.95
Praise for Robert Edison Sandiford
“I’ve reviewed Sandiford before, and I find his past successes repeated in And Sometimes They Fly. A cross between Joe Conrad and V.S. Naipaul, Sandiford is breathtakingly clear in his prose, and this commitment to realism serves him well in writing a story that could easily be a Twilight Zone episode.... And Sometimes They Flyis an adventure tale, a sort of Caribbean novelization of The Odyssey. If you’ve not read Sandiford before, this novel is a good place to start.” – George Elliott Clarke, The Chronicle Herald, Halifax
“You better watch out, the new batch of Elected may soon be here for you and we don’t mean by votes! They are found in And Sometimes They Fly, a mesmerizing retelling of Barbadian and Caribbean myths in a world where neither USA nor Europe are...the battlefields of modern Gods and Demons, but Barbados!” – Ian Bourne, thebajanreporter.com
“...this is more than a good-versus-bad story. Sandiford spends a lot of time examining human nature [and has an] excellent way of using words to describe a landscape. And Sometimes They Fly...is a unique and interesting read...a fantastic book.” – inkwellbook.blogspot.com
“Although the supernatural attributes of Sandiford’s characters might make them seem more at home in Homer’s and Milton’s epics, the narrative is fiercely grounded in topographical and historical detail, whether the action is occurring in Barbados or Montreal. This keeps the narrative from escaping into the purely magical, as occurs, for example, in Alice in Wonderland. It also reifies what’s asserted in the folk rhyme that is at the core of the novel: that these seemingly supernatural occurrences are also a part of reality. Injustice meted out to Caribbean First Nations, who lost their lands and for the most part their lives; and to Africans: first as de jure slaves and later as de facto slaves, and which to this day remains unrequited, plays a significant role in the novel’s apocalypse.
An additional pleasure in the reading of this work is to be found in Sandiford’s beautifully wrought prose. It is oftentimes lyrical, recalling Toni Morrison’s (without her prolixity) and James Baldwin’s.” – H. Nigel Thomas, The Caribbean Writer
“Sandiford’s prose reads like poetry. Part patois, part english, his writing may be a challenge for some less familiar with the dialect, but is all the more beautiful for it. He leads you into a world full of magic, danger, action and presents us with the first truly Caribbean superheroes.”