From fall to spring, the inhabitants of Edgewood Drive in the small town of Parkville prove that the simplest lives can be intricate and complicated. The interwoven, layered narrative of Michelle Berry’s Interference moves between Senior Ladies Leisure League hockey, the unsure and awkward life of pre-teens and teens, suspected pedophilia, disfigurement, and cancer. In Interference, there is always someone watching, biding their time — and as this suspense builds the vivaciousness of a congenial neighbourhood, full of life and happiness as well as fear and sorrow, becomes at once more humorous, frightening, and real.
Michelle Berry is the author of three books of short stories, How to Get There from Here, Margaret Lives in the Basement, and I Still Don’t Even Know You (which won the 2011 Mary Scorer Award for Best Book Published by a Manitoba Publisher and was shortlisted for the ReLit Award, 2011), as well as four novels, What We All Want, Blur, Blind Crescent and This Book Will Not Save Your Life (which won the 2010 Colophon Award and was longlisted for the ReLit Award, 2011). She lives in Peterborough, Ontario.
Published: August 2014
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.
“Interference is a terrific page-turner, but it's also a haunting, powerful look at the way families and friendships entangle us all. Berry is a sharp-eyed, engaging writer, and she deftly captures the terrors, ruptures and intimacies of one seemingly ordinary neighborhood, always finding a precarious beauty in her characters' lives. This is a book that is terrifying, startling, and very hard to put down.” — Rebecca Godfrey, author of The Torn Skirt and Under the Bridge
“Michelle Berry’s uncanny fifth novel reminds us that even the most seemingly ordinary neighbourhoods may be anything but ... Berry successfully builds suspense and plays on the reader’s sense of paranoia by cleverly alluding to moments of potential disaster that never materialize.” — Quill & Quire
“Weaving myriad narratives into an impressive whole, the book submits that a community is actually an arena of unfocused fear . . . this novel, with its dark-humoured glimpse behind neighbourhood doors, is something to look forward to.” — PublishersWeekly.ca
“Interference is tightly plotted and neatly executed, very nearly perfectly paced, and satisfyingly complex — but it is also escapism in its purest form, and a sheer delight to read.” — Winnipeg Review
“True to its name, Interference slyly subverts the expected and pulls back the curtain on the danger and darkness of family life in the new millennium, leading the reader through a roundabout of intersected lives from which we cannot soon recover. From cancer to child abduction, here are all the touchstones of mid-life; Berry leaves us reeling in the knowledge that more than any of these, it is fear — brazen as ever — that bullies its way into the game and threatens to blow the works.” — Elisabeth de Mariaffi, author of How to Get Along with Women
“When I first started reading Interference, I wasn’t convinced that a novel made up (partly) of standalone short stories could flow nicely. I was soon surprised at just how expertly Michelle Berry was able to lace everything together into a fast-paced, suspenseful, and powerful page-turner.” — Newstalk1010.com