Crack addict Henry bumps into theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, and the two set out on a drug-fuelled adventure, contemplating the nature of science, addiction, and the restlessness of human life. " Goodbye Porkpie Hat" is part of Michael Christie' s critically acclaimed short-story collection, The Beggar' s Garden. It was nominated for a Journey Prize.
The Beggar' s Garden follows a diverse group of characters, from a bank manager to a drug addict to a retired Samaritan, a web designer, and a car thief, as they drift through each other' s lives in Vancouver' s Downtown Eastside. Michael Christie' s darkly funny debut collection won the Vancouver Book Award; it was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
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Michael Christie (Author)
MICHAEL CHRISTIE received his MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this, he worked in a homeless shelter on Vancouver' s Downtown Eastside and provided outreach to the severely mentally ill. A former professional...