Shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2012.
Though smothered in snow half the year, Montreal’s demi-monde burns with the secret hurts and poignant epiphanies of those living there. Smoked Meat paints a portrait of a vibrant melting pot buzzing with sexual braggadocio and illicit opportunities.
A student devastates his waitress girlfriend by falling in love with a man in a sauna; a life-model upsets the delicate equilibrium between two artists; and a teenage shop assistant does what she can to lose her virginity to her boss. The city’s seedy mores are slowly corrupting their innocence, turning them, like Montreal’s signature dish, from green to smoked meat.
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“Funny, brilliantly observed and leaves you wanting more – an author to keep an eye on.”
“Confident, funny and poignant – Macdonald’s world draws the reader in irresistibly.”
Jane Rogers, author of The Voyage Home
“Deliciously erotic and hugely readable, with some wonderful moments of illumination.”
Maureen Freely, US novelist and translator of Orhan Pamuck
"These are stories of interlopers and of (North) Americana, as evocative of Douglas Coupland’s Generation X as they are James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’."
Rowena Macdonald grew up in the West Midlands. While living in Montreal after graduation, she worked as a waitress, bartender, life-model and cleaner. She now lives in London and works at the House of Commons. Her stories have appeared in anthologies published by Serpent’s Tail, Roast Books and The Do-Not Press. She has won two Asham Awards, the 2010 Exeter Writers competition and the 2008 Writers Inc competition.