Silent Cruise (Paperback)
Counterpoint LLC, 9781582432168, 416pp.
Publication Date: September 26, 2002
"Doves of Townsend" was chosen the best short story of the year 2000 by the judges of the Journey Prize, the Canadian counterpart to the U.S. O. Henry Prize Story. It and the eight other pieces collected here, many of them already anthologized in Best Canadian Short Stories and other annuals, bring us a new voice in short fiction -- brilliant, stylish, humorous, and humane. In each of Taylor's tales, certain mysterious things of this world -- an antique watch, a mountain of radiators, a racing-form, a constellation -- reveal their beauty to those who have eyes to see. To read Silent Cruise is to see this poignant beauty for oneself, and, like Taylor's characters, to have one's life irresistibly changed by it.