Insomniac Press, 2006
Whatever Happens is a collection of stories for people who feel that reality is not the best deal going. Sometimes spare, these nineteen stories move between the obsessive and the disinterested, the extraordinary and the humdrum.
"Conley veers from neighbors politely fencing verbally over the rope they each intend to hang themselves with, to four guys going to a bar in the company of a talking dog, and over to the dream of an unhappily married painter. Through all of the shenanigans, Conley stays focused on the emotional truths that run through even the shaggiest of his shaggy (or talking) dog stories.... The easy intimacy Conley wrests from bewildering situations is marvelous."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Light-hearted, unpredictable, and infused with Puckish wit."
-- Alex Good, The Kitchener Record
"A clever, inventive, immensely appealing collection."
-- Barbara Gowdy, author of The Romantic and We So Seldom Look on Love
"Tim Conley's characters question the boundaries of what can be known -- and challenge the reader with the implications of living in an unknowable world. His stories tell us again that the silences are often the loudest notes in the aria. A welcome new voice with a unique vision."
-- Michael Bryson, The Danforth Review
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