These stories are full of undercurrents that disturb the surface, and these disturbances, in their turn, dazzle as they reflect light. Anita Anand is a sensitive observer of human behaviour and, because she is unafraid to explore difficult emotions, her stories reveal–in broad strokes and subtle shadings–glimpses of truth.
–Elise Moser, author of Lily and Taylor and Because I Have Loved and Hidden It.
This is a wise, assured and wonderfully intelligent collection that announces the arrival of an exciting new talent. –Dennis Bock
Readers will recognize themselves in these scenes, even when they least want to. I’m not exaggerating when I say that, with Breathing Lessons,Andy Sinclair is doing something no other Canadian writer has done,possibly something no other Canadian writer has dared to do. –Angie Abdou, author of The Bone Cage
Praise for New Tab:
“This book is straight-up great.” – A.G. Pasquella, Broken Pencil
“Morisette’s Main-centric New Tab is one of the best Canadian novels of 2014.” –Ian McGillis, Montreal Gazette
Inventive works of fiction like New Tab, on the other hand, can go where “Scarlett Johansson” and “Johnny Depp” simply cannot go—down to the messy, abject, and irresolvable dilemmas of our digitalizing desire. It’s full of glitches, and it’s pretty cold, unlike some of those steamy and streamlined sex machines of yore. But for now it’s all we’ve got. –Henry Adam Svec, Motherboard/Vice
A touching portrait of life in Montreal as so many of us know it today. Morissette’s is a unique voice, but at the same time it’s the voice of a generation, the voice of our generation. And so, when Thomas finally meets someone “with bed hair that randomly looked excellent,” we’re just as excited as he is. -- Peter McCambridge, Québec Reads
Morissette is the poet Eeyore. A modern technical-intellectual who has captured the millennial undergrad and all his distinctive insecurities. But instead of launching his protagonist into an idealized scenario, full of true callings and real love, he explores the perennial rut of dissatisfaction. –Book Stylist
New Tab astutely captures the ennui, isolation and disengagement of a generation that has been emotionally dismantled by the Internet, then set adrift in a world in which everything is connected and everyone is alone. “How will I check the internet when I am dead?” Thomas asks himself. How indeed. -Stacey Madden, Quill & Quire
"Set in a Montreal as vividly its own as Richler's, Morissette's fresh and original generational take
brims with uncommon observations, understood character and abundantly happy-sad situations. A terrific read and a shining souvenir."
– David McGimpsey, author of Certifiable and Li'l Bastard
"Weird, poetic, funny, and original...I tore through it."
– Jonathan Goldstein
"In this hilarious novel, Morissette meditates on finding and making meaning in a time when distractions coalesce to form the new and glossy void. The econstruction of regrets, an email with feelings and the screaming universe cement Morissette as both a master of the absurd and a seer of the real. I lol'd."
– Melissa Broder, author of Meat Heart
“Morissette nails the charms and frustrations of a city subsisting on the proceeds of after-hours DJ gigs and backyard film screenings, stealing wi-fi to get online long enough to pay impossibly high hydro bills belonging to mostly-hallway student apartments…” – Jill Murray, National Post
“I loved A Message for the Emperor. The prose is sleek, restrained, flawless. There's research in there but you'd never know it. Frutkin seems to have inhaled ancient China and exhaled a parable of the artist. –Katherine Govier
“Frutkin employs scholarly details like fine brushstrokes. A Message for the Emperor reads as a kind of ancient Chinese fable and as a meditation on the power and passion of artists.” –Trevor Cole
"A Message for the Emperor is Mark Frutkin's best book since Fabrizio's Return." —The Ottawa Citizen