David Menear

9781771262286 $20.00 CDN/USA

David Menear is most often described as an edgy, urgent, gritty and sometimes ‘transgressive’ short story writer with a soft heart and a sense of humour. You find him at that place where Salinger meets Cormac McCarthy for bourbon and biscuits. In the random and weaved stories of “Swallows Playing Chicken,” Menear surveys the world around him with an eye for the selfish motivations of the people near and dear to us. His character portraits can be dark, funny, smart, and uncomfortably sexual in the space of a few pages; what holds them together is the unflinching honesty of their presentation. This is truth-telling as a potent, explosive force.

David Menear, a father of four, has spent most of his life between Toronto and Montreal, but has also lived in big city England, and quaint village France. He studied art in New York City. He began writing fiction in 2013 at the age of 59. David has won numerous international advertising awards for his creativity. His singer/songwriter work can be found on YouTube and CBC Music. Now, acting for film and television also keeps him busy. David is back in Toronto at ‘The Beach’, writing hard and playing tennis with terrifying enthusiasm and some certain mediocrity.

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