The Cloaca / Andrew Hood
The stories included in Andrew Hood’s sophomore collection are beautiful, gross, funny, and personal. The Cloaca is a train wreck of awesomeness. It’s your high school gym coach, drunk and dishing dirt on all the other teachers on the crosstown bus—a stomach-turning spectacle that’ll make you laugh out loud now, feel bad later. You won’t be able to look away for an instant.
Andrew Hood is an award-winning author of short fiction, and a rad dude. His first book, Pardon our Monsters(Véhicule) received wide praise and won The Writers’ Union of Canada’s Danuta Gleed Award. Hood has lived in Montreal, Guelph, and other places, but now calls Halifax home.
“Hood is joining the ranks of such satirists as Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope, whose view of human culture and behaviour always acknowledged the underside of waste and excrement.” — National Post
“Hood’s prose is workmanlike but effective; there are no pyrotechnics here, just good stories, well told.” — Quill & Quire
“Andrew Hood illuminates the concerns of his generation with fearless clarity.” — Winnipeg Review