A Short Journey by Car

Liam Durcan

"Durcan's greatest gift is for imagining his way into worlds he can't possibly have know. Where he soars, in full flight with his muse, is in stories that vault us out of the contemporary. ...Durcan is equally assured at evoking a landscape or a mood, a quality of light or the drift of a thought.> ...Durcan perfectly captures our most magical, most volatile illusion." -Globe & Mail

"Right from the start, Liam Durcan's debut collection of stories rips free of convention. .... Its sixteen tales cover an astonishing amount of physical and emotional territory, in which the author is conspicuous by his gifted absence. As you turn the page onto a new Durcan story, you have absolutely no idea where he's about to fling you. ... Durcan is already a master of relinquishing information slowly-which is a fancy way of saying that he likes to keep his readers on their toes. ... All in all, A Short Journey by Car is a remarkably intelligent collection. It's also remarkably humane." -Montreal Review of Books

These stories are bound together by Durcan's strong, assured instinct for the telling point of view, and the precision of his language and imagery. ... Durcan himself is a neurologist, and many of his stories deal with the linguistic fizzes and pops that take place in the brain during times of intense emotional stress. In the past the medical profession has produced fine writers: Chekhov, Maugham, William Carlos Williams. Durcan is in good company, and deserves to be." -The Montreal Gazette

"Durcan throws believable characters into quirky situations, and he's got a gift for dispensing information in tantalizing pieces...Durcan shows a genuine curiosity about people--their relationships, their jobs, their lives--that lends depth to his work... Durcan is a smooth and confident writer. ... Short Journey's good stuff bodes well for the author's future work." -Quill & Quire

"[Some of these] stories are catapulting tours de force that roar forward and ricochet. ... [The short story] "Blood" reads as if it were transcribed in a vision." -Canadian Medical Association Journal