"Ross’s fiction, always at least slightly absurd or surreal, is frequently humorous. Occasionally, it is more deeply affecting. The reader who appreciates Ross’s aestheticas well as the challenges it posesshould mostly enjoy Buying Cigarettes for the Dog." Quill & Quire
"Consistently minimalist and nostalgic but also variously touching, hilarious, and sad." Booklist (March 15, 2011)
"A moving and funny novel . . . Unlike other poets-turned-novelists, Ross understands the power of both poetry and clear prose . . . . Ross’s writing compels." Winnipeg Free Press (April 2, 2011)
"A short, yet powerful journey of discovery and healing, portrayed through a series of memory based vignettes. . . . The disjointed nature of the narration lures readers into a dream-like state, and gives the reader a more intimate, complete understanding of the characters than would be possible in a more traditional style." www.Suite101.com (April 1, 2011)
"Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew succeeds not only because of Ross's distinctive style, but also because he can think and feel with the best of them, and shows maturity of vision without sacrificing the childish sense of play and absurdity his readers expect from him." Globe and Mail (June 21, 2011)
About the Author
Stuart Ross is the author of several collections of poetry and short stories. His most recent story collection, Buying Cigarettes for the Dog, won the 2010 ReLit Award for Short Fiction. A longtime Toronto resident, he now lives in Cobourg, Ontario.