Red Chesterfield by Wayne Arthurson

This short book (novella? short story?) was very amusing. M, a bylaw officer, sees a red chesterfield in a ditch. When he goes to inspect it, he finds something unexpected that turns his life into chaos for a week.
What I love about this story is that it’s a quiet sort of chaos. M spends a lot of time drifting through events trying to figure out what the heck is going on. Also, Arthurson is able to pack quite a bit into 99 pages.

It’s a fun book. I legit chuckled when I closed the book. I still stifle a chuckle when I think about the ridiculousness of everything that happened. And, I’ll probably never be able to look at a red chesterfield the same way.

If your looking to support Indigenous Canadian authors, Arthurson is Métis (of Cree and French Canadian descent).

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