Picking Up Chekhov


Mansel Robinson

About the Book

Picking Up Chekhov is a picaresque black comedy about a two-bit repo-man, his angry ex-wife and their smart-alec teenaged daughter whose lives collide with an enigmatic hitchhiker named Chekhov and a kid with a serious grudge.


“…Robinson steers his story with crazy confidence, keeping us in suspense with a mystery plot and in stitches with his oddball characters and witty, acerbic dialogue…his final message of understanding and reconciliation comes poignantly seeping through…exuberantly theatrical…”
—ffwd Weekly

“Robinson knows how to write like a fiend with no shortage of scorching lines, snippets of the sharpest dialogue I’ve heard since George F. Walker and a deep understanding of, among other dynamics, the father-daughter relationship.”
—The Globe and Mail

“A sharp and tightly written work…quirky and inspired black comedy…a steadily darkening combination of mystery and modern morality play.”
—Calgary Herald

1-897289-14-6 ISBN 13: 978-1897289-14-3
112 pp 5.5 x 8.5 in
5F/4M, doubling