Tiny Grievances [signed copy]
Tiny Grievances: Stories and a Novella by Robert Thomson
The lineup at Starbucks. Ex boyfriends who never quite disappear. People riding bicycles on the sidewalk barely three feet away from a bicycle lane. The spectacle of American politics. Atheists. Traffic. Grocery store self checkout machines. People who expect but do not practice inclusion [...]
These are among the many millions of things we complain about, sometimes even as we concurrently acknowledge the pettiness of our complaint. These tiny grievances are like pressure valves that enable us to continue functioning in our daily lives despite the bumps and obstacles we encounter, regardless of how petty they might seem. Robert Thomson delicately—and sometimes not—takes aim at past and present-day people and their problems: broken bonds of friendship, ageing, being an outsider, the search for love the the age of the quick fix, power dynamics in S/M relationships, stopping smoking, when casual becomes intimate, body dysmorphic disorder, letting go of past love, the ripple effect of a suicide attempt on friends and family, the dinner party that goes wrong at every turn. Often humorous, but always with an underlying truth, Tiny Grievances is the logical continuation of Thomson’s literary output.