The Causes, fiction by Cathy Stonehouse (Pedlar Press, 2019)
Publication date 25 August 2019
Cathy Stonehouse writes fiction, poetry and nonfiction, and has published widely in each of these genres. Originally from the UK, she studied English at Oxford University, where she became interested in experimental traditions in women’s poetry and fiction. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from Langara College. Her publications include the poetry collections The Words I Know (Press Gang) and grace shiver (Inanna Publications), and the short fiction collection Something about the Animal (Biblioasis).
This complex and unsettling debut novel follows the young Argentine conscript José Ramirez from his torture on the bleak plains of the Falklands, back into his childhood in pre-revolution Argentina, and forward across continents as he grapples with the loss of his father and his country as he knew it. Carlos Ramirez is taken by force from his apartment, leaving behind only a pair of broken glasses. His son, José, is left with unanswerable questions that become threatening after he is sent to the Malvinas to fight an impossible war. Mysterious, gripping, poetic and magic-realist, The Causes is a love story for a threatened planet, set in Argentina, Spain, the UK, and the South Atlantic.