David Bezmozgis' debut collection, Natasha and other Stories, was greeted with great praise when it was published last year. "If Isaac Babel had escaped to suburban Toronto, the result would be David Bezmozgis," wrote one reviewer.
Like the author himself, the protagonist of the stories has come to Canada from Latvia as a small boy. The experiences of his family as they attempt to assimilate and adapt to North American culture are observed through his eyes as he journeys through adolescence and sexual awakening. The assured and precise prose captures the emotional and linguistic complexities of immigration and the deeper truths of the collision of the old and new worlds.