Suck My Toes(1994) – short stories

McPhee Gribble – 1994 – first edition
Allen & Unwin – 1995 reprint
Scribe – 2013 – ebook

This book is a collection of interlinked short stories. Characters reappear throughout. Some readers have read it as a novel. Scribe have reissued it as an ebook. Follow the link.

Winner Steele Rudd Award in 1995

‘Thoroughly infused with the sights and sounds of Sydney; its tone is wry, the humour subtle … A second reading could easily be sustained in order to grasp the complex weavings of friendships and histories … the strength and the subtlety of the threads between stories is cleverly done.’
Gretchen Miller, The Sydney Morning Herald

‘A fast-paced, sometimes poignant read in which McGregor explores plenty of good ideas … an unusual and absorbing read.’
Julia Hancock, LOTL

‘The ten stories in this collection display the author’s gift for sharp observation and an ability to canvas a wide range of emotions … Even McGregor’s most peripheral characters are imbued with humanity, their voices authentic and recognisable. My favourites in this superb collection are “Growth” and “Who Let the Dog In?”, both tinged with sadness and evoking the fearful weight of the past. In “Growth”, McGregor’s insights into the complexity of relationships forged in youth and revisited are dazzling.’
Ken Spillman, West Australian

‘Frankness is the keynote of Suck My Toes, where Fiona McGregor hones in on the sad, ridiculous and outrageous aspects of urban life … For all her capacity for black humour and shocking detail, McGregor is excellently attuned to emotion: the fright of small girls when a stranger exposes himself; the pain when parents fail to communicate with a grown-up daughter; and, best of all, the complex emotional interplay between a brother and sister as they race to see their brother who is dying of AIDS in an interstate hospital. McGregor goes straight for the jugular; she also goes straight for the heart.’
Veronica Sen, The Canberra Times