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The Divinity Gene

August 2012

"...He is able to give each style and story a beating heart...A great dramatic satirist, Trafford's exotic creations are meant to sate our curiosity in other ways -- in asking about the nature of intolerance, of faith, of orientation, of love, and of learning...The Divinity Gene is an amazing debut from a writer who clearly has a great control over the page."

Vancouver Weekly, Aug 20, 2012
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The Divinity Gene

The Divinity Gene

December 2011

"Attention MFA instructors...Require that each of a novice fiction writer's first ten short stories contain at least one fantastical element....If this method is widely implemented, perhaps the world would be graced with more first story collections like The Divinity Gene, in which most of the stories follow this rule.....Trafford's alchemical mixing of research, fable, pathos, and plot yields impressive results."

Rain Taxi, Dec 19, 2011
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The Divinity Gene

The Divinity Gene

October 2011

"The Divinity Gene stories express a romantic mythos -- especially the search for reconciliation -- but it is Trafford's style -- blending, dare I say reconciling, romance and realism -- that defines these stories. The Divinity Gene is a witty, charming, and empathetic collection of short stories."

The Bull Calf, Oct 20, 2011
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The Divinity Gene

The Divinity Gene

September 2011

"Trafford juggles humour, sadness, and an often delicious sense of the surreal. The result, fictions that play to either mind or heart but rarely both, suggest that Trafford has the potential to become a force in Canada's literary world."

Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Sep 20, 2011
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The Divinity Gene

The Divinity Gene

September 2011

"While Trafford's...persistent wit...punctures the abundant pessimism and heartbreak...this series of thought-experiments is...eminently readable, shot-through with moments of genuine pathos and even brilliance."

Publishers Weekly, Sep 5, 2011
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The Divinity Gene

The Divinity Gene

July 2011

"In Matthew J. Trafford's first collection of stories, The Divinity Gene, the uncanny sits comfortably alongside the mundane...This is all snappy and attention-getting, and it is entertaining, but Trafford has more on his mind than surface flash. There's a real sensitivity at the base of these stories, and some very profound emotions on display."

Winnipeg Free Press, Jul 11, 2011
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The Divinity Gene

The Divinity Gene

June 2011

"Inventive, unnerving, hilarious, heartbreaking, but more often than not, just plain bizarre, this collection of short stories dizzily oscillates between the surreal and the mundane, intertwining the two so seamlessly it's often difficult to tell one from the other...The Divinity Gene is engrossing, fun, and anything but predictable."

The Tyee, Jun 22, 2011
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The Divinity Gene

The Divinity Gene

March 2011

"Matthew J. Trafford's debut collection, serves well to introduce readers to a restless writer who is eager to wrangle with -- to bend, to extend, to revamp -- a Canadian short story mainstay: realism of voice, subject and plot."

Vancouver Sun, Mar 27, 2011
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The Divinity Gene

The Divinity Gene

March 2011

"In his debut collection of short stories, The Divinity Gene, Matthew J. Trafford pulls off a generic balancing act, suspending his swaying narrative tightrope between the often opposed platforms of 'genre' and 'literary' fiction. His performance is certainly captivating. Walking the line with him are rogue angels, dissected mermaids, messianic clones, Faustian e-demons, and homophobic undead...These creatures swing the stories between scenes that are sometimes fantastically unfamiliar, sometimes unflinchingly intimate, often both."

Numero Cinq, Mar 25, 2011
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The Divinity Gene

February 2011

"Trafford does not traffic in the trappings of mimetic realism, preferring instead to focus on elements of the fantastical: angels, mermaids and the living dead -- 'the stuff of collective dreams' -- all make appearances in his fiction."

National Post, Feb 25, 2011
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