CanLit

High-Water Mark is sexy

So says The 49th Shelf, who've "put together this list of Canada's sexiest books with input from some of the nation's best readers".

The stories in Dixon's collection are incredibly diverse, but sex is what most of them have in common. Everybody's doing it (well, except the married people), and they're having revenge sex, gay sex, threesomes and more. Even in Sarnia, shockingly.

Some lovely company, including Douglas Glover's amazing Elle.

Fantastic HWM Review in National Post

High-Water Mark was reviewed by one of Canada's best CanLit critics, Steven W. Beattie, so I'm not only super excited by the review itself, but by the fact that it's a real review; i.e., it's critcal, and, well, smart.

Dixon is uninterested in the kind of lyrical historical romance that was, for some time, the default CanLit setting. Her stories are abrasive and direct, marrying a fierce intelligence with a febrile style that refuses to shy away from profanity or explicit sex. There is a toughness to these stories that testifies to a refreshing honesty, a refusal on Dixon’s part to paper over the more nettlesome aspects of her material, opting rather to face it head-on in all its painful messiness. High-Water Mark is kitchen-sink realism filtered through a storm-tossed East Coast sensibility. And it is chock full of allusiveness and implication.

Read the rest of the review here.