Job is a farmer who sees colour in sound; the hum of the vacuum cleaner creates a soothing glass egg in his hands, ringing sounds generate hues of merging pastel colours like the shifting northern lights gracing the sky of his home town Godsfinger, Alberta.
But even in this community of curious characters - a town where crop circles occur, birds drop out of the sky, a duck waddles around in a nappy, a cook flips burgers at the Out-To-Lunch cafe in stilettos, and a crazy lady squirts her water pistol at those who she thinks are out of line - Job is an outsider.
Then his ability to see sound begins to fade. Job finally sees that it's time to wake up and really listen - most particularly to Liv down at the diner, someone who has been talking to him for some time now...
'Anyone who thinks rural characters in Canadian fiction are dull, should pick up one of Gail Anderson-Dargatz's novels' THE FINANCIAL POST 'The writing is funny and sharp, with dark notes struck beneath the humour but overriding it all is Anderson-Dargatz's deep understanding of rural people and cimmunities her compulsive, infectious love for them' - Montreal Gazette
Gail Anderson-Dargatz used to live on a farm near Millet, Alberta & now lives on Vancouver Island with her husband & son. THE CURE FOR DEATH BY LIGHTNING won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Award, the VanCity Book Prize and a Betty Trask Prize.