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No Call Too Small


224 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Formats: Mobipocket, EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.99 (CA $19.99) (US $14.99)

Publication Date: April 2020

ISBN 9781771681957

Rights: WOR

Central Avenue Publishing (Apr 2020)


eBook Editions Available

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Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: April 2020


This book is written by an accomplished writer and is ideal for independent booksellers looking for choice and regional literary options   

By the end of the day, a cop must choose between ethics and social death. A camp counsellor, stuck deep in the woods with a small group of boys, only has a few hours before the DTs kick in. Adult children scramble to get the best of what remains of their mother's estate, but funeral plans may be premature. Sandwiched between a depressed mother and a careless father, a young girl must help attract customers to the family business, no matter the cost. On this dark, winding road of stories, there's little choice but to hang on and meet whatever's over the rise head on.


10-APR-97 - Bronwen Wallace Award (Short Fiction Category)/"Glue"/-one of five honourable mentions. 2006 - Malahat Review nominates "The Janitor" for a National Magazine Award. 2006 - Descant nominates "How Beautiful, How Moving" for The Journey Prize Anthology. 22-May-2008 – Journey Prize Anthology 20/ "Breaking on the Wheel"/-published in November 2008. 12-Jan-2010 – Prairie Fire nominates "Lake Pinot" for a National Magazine Award. 01-Jun-2010 – Prairie Fire nominates "Lake Pinot" for a Western Magazine Award. 15-Nov-2011 – The Antigonish Review/ "The Schadenfreude Rail"/-published in Volume 43, No. 170 (Summer 2012 appearance – 8 pages). Editor submits to Journey Prize for consideration.

"Taut, efficient and always just a beat away from heartbreak, No Call Too Small is a beautifully crafted collection. Martens deftly explores surprising and unexpected worlds, using them as a prism to dissect and understand human nature. With each successive story, I felt I was in the hands of writer who knows more than a thing or two about the love and pain." —Marcia Butler, Author of Pickle's Progress

"Oscar Marten's characters hurtle their way toward potential disaster or redemption in these vivid stories of lives burdened by misunderstandings and disappointment, usually self-inflicted. Marten's strong prose is a pleasure to read, with dark humour and lively storytelling that brings a quirky humanity to his characters." —Janie Chang, Globe and Mail bestselling author of Dragon Springs Road

"I knew Oscar Martens was the real thing when I first read him over twenty years ago. These new stories offer fresh evidence aplenty. Smart, honest, sparely eloquent, moving, humane, and disillusioned in the healthiest sense of a word that gets way too much bad press. Martens is funny, too, desperately so—and how else is a writer supposed to observe and portray this world we've made?" —Steven Heighton, Governor General's Award winner and author of The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep

Author Biography

Oscar Martens has been writing stories and poems since George Michael carelessly whispered. Many of them have been nominated for notable awards and published in journals such as The Journey Prize Stories, Prairie Fire, Queen's Quarterly, Quarry, The Malahat Review, Event, and Grain. Oscar lives with his wife in Burnaby, BC.