Susan Rendell's first story collection In the Chambers of the Sea
opens with the illumination of the life of one of the damaged and possibly divine creatures who walk among us, one of those who "most hearts and minds are dead-bolted against." In story after story, Rendell unlocks the dead-bolts, opening doors on lives that are in crisis, are marginalized or poised on the brink of revelation or catclysm or both. After being hit by a car, a woman sits on the street, eating fish and chips among "people gathered to see the great mystery of death."
"Filled with passion, beauty, tears and humour, Susan Rendell's brilliant stories are crafted out of pure talent. The superb collection is one of the most impressive Canadian debuts in years. Rarely have I been so dazzled by a writer's unique voice and vision. If I were to recommend just one book this year, In the Chambers of the Sea would be it."
Kenneth J. Harvey,author of The Town That Forgot How To Breathe