Sarah Court

Sarah Court

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Five houses. Five families. One block. Ask yourself: How well do you know your neighbours? How well do you know your own family? Ultimately, how well do you know yourself? How deeply do the threads of your own life entwine with those around you? Do you ever really know how tightly those threads are knotted? Do you want to know?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 25.4mm | 284g
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • New.
  • 1926851005
  • 9781926851006
  • 545,192

Review quote

Praise for Craig Davidson "Davidson smudges the line between comedy and horror, cruelty and mercy. His remarkable stories are challenging and upsetting. Don't look for comfort here."
--Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club

"There is a strikingly original tone to Mr. Davidson's stories. The prose is spare yet elegant, the insights are fresh and real, and best of all there is a boundless humanity in Mr. Davidson's writing: a love of life that is beautifully woven with an acute sense of its darkness."
--Clive Barker, author of The Books of Blood

"A writer of immense power and surprising, accurate insights."
--Peter Straub

"Davidson has a gift for writing about physicality, and violence in particular, with an ecstasy and intimacy that resembles A.S. Byatt on painting or Ray Robertson on music. In his hands a weightlifting accident or boxing match becomes an experience lived rather than described."
--Quill & Quire (starred review)
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About Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson has written three other books: The Preserve (as Patrick Lestewka), Rust and Bone, and The Fighter. His nonfiction has appeared in Esquire, The Washington Post, Nerve, Salon, Real Fighter, The London Observer, and elsewhere. Currently, he's hanging his hat in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he is the deputy editor of an alt-urban weekly.
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Rating details

206 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
5 22% (45)
4 34% (70)
3 26% (53)
2 15% (31)
1 3% (7)

Our customer reviews

Sometimes, you may find yourself wondering about the secret lives of your neighbors. If you live on Sarah Court, those secrets are better left unsaid. Curiosity killed the cat--or squirrel--after all. For readers, safe and sound in our easy chairs, we can look on with a prurient disgust at the decaying lives of Sarah Court's residents. It's not a cheerful exploration. There are moments of dark humor, but overall this is a very bleak glimpse at a fictionalized segment of St. Catherine's, Ontario. There's a kind of suburban Pulp Fiction quality to this book, as the story is told in five different sections through the eyes of five residents, all at one time or another living on that little street. The houses are identical on the outside, cheaply made and cheaply lived in. The slow torments and sudden rendering of each household is unique to each of those five houses, though. Reading this book, Sarah Court slowly revealed itself as a spider's web. Otherwise separate threads all intersecting one another at different points, few if any leading to a happy ending. And while each family's story stands alone and tell its own story, it's those minute intersecting moments that allude to some grander story. Well, maybe "grander" isn't the right word, since "grand" gives the sense of something majestic. There's a huge, quiet tragedy happening occurring--one devastated life at a time. The imagery is something that sticks with you, particularly the bursts of violence that befall some of the characters. Dylan Saberhagen's story is the one that sticks with me the most. An eleven-year-old boy with a weight problem and a boundless curiosity and imagination that earns him more bullying and ridicule than any one kid should be forced to endure. And seeing that boy through the eyes of his father Nick just makes it all the more heartbreaking. It's not a horror novel, but the dark elements to this novel almost make Sarah Court feel like a malevolent force inflicting itself on these families. And while there is a hint of the supernatural to the book, it stays on the outskirts thankfully, otherwise it might have taken something away from the impact of the story. Even though the book is set in Ontario, there is something about Sarah Court and its residents that strikes close to home--and that might be where the real horror lies.show more
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