Cathy Stonehouse’s Dream House, like any magical dwelling, is not what it at first appears to be. Walk inside. Explore its rooms. It is larger and more expansive than you might think. Also stranger, more peculiar, idiosyncratic. It is a metaverse of possibilities, the locus where what is lived intersects with what is imagined. As Stonehouse herself puts it, “The house is a cocoon, an open coffin. It is full of weather, and changes / every time you dare to look.” Open the door. Close your eyes. The operative word is not housebut dream. Look around. You are already there. –Paul Vermeersch, author of Shared Universe: New and Selected Poems 1995–2020
I’m excited to announce that my short story, “A Room at the Marlborough,” first published in The Fiddlehead, Issue No. 275, will be included in the 2019 edition of Best Canadian Stories, forthcoming from Biblioasis.
This complex and unsettling debut novel follows the young Argentine conscript José Ramirez from his torture on the bleak plains of the Falklands, back into his childhood in pre-revolution Argentina, and forward across continents as he grapples with the loss of his father and his country as he knew it. Influenced by the works of Jorge Luis Borges and John Berger, The Causes explores themes of war and trauma, resilience and repair. Mysterious, gripping, poetic and magic-realist,The Causes is a love story for a threatened planet, set in Argentina, Spain, the UK and the South Atlantic.
“One of the best Canadian novels of the year.”–The Malahat Review.
Pedlar Press, 2019.
essays Dead Baby, Imperfect Baby: A Meditation with Dolls”
I am happy to have an essay, “Dead Baby, Imperfect Baby: A Meditation with Dolls” included in the wonderful new anthology How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, edited by Jessica Hiemstra and Lisa Martin-DeMoor out from TouchWood Editions in the fall of 2013.
reviews Carmen Rodrigues’s “Retribution”
Read my review of Carmen Rodrigues’s novel Retribution in the Literary Review of Canada.
reviews “not being on a boat” and “The Water Man’s Daughter”
My review of two novels, Esme Claire Keith’s not being on a boat, and Emma Ruby-Sachs’s The Water Man’s Daughter will be published in the upcoming issue of Event magazine.
“Stonehouse’s victim-narrator indictments smash the lid off a philosophical Pandora’s box, exposing deeper questions about victim culture, appropriation, art versus exploitation, and that dubious archive, memory.”
—The Quill and Quire
“All too rarely a collection of poems deeply reminds me of why I love to read poetry. Grace Shiver is such a book. Cathy Stonehouse’s range and wrestle with the intractable interdependence of narrative and death is stunning.”
—Betsy Warland, author of Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing
“Stonehouse takes us on a poetic journey laden with visceral and startlingly vivid images.”
—Fiona Tinwei Lam, author of Intimate Distances and Enter the Chrysanthemum, editor of The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems about Facing Cancer.
“A powerful, searing book of poems that resonates with the reader long after the last page has been read.”
—Rishma Dunlop, author of White Album, Metropolis, Reading Like A Girl and editor of White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood.