Two brothers face their mother’s impending death. A convenience store clerk balances compassion with duty. A grieving soldier receives a package of cookies meant for someone else.
In this series of connected flash fiction pieces, people navigate the trials of life with tears, arguments and, above all, love and compassion.
“Lives interwoven and cookies that arrive too late. This bravura collection of linked stories provides a profound lesson in empathy, of pouring yourself into someone else’s life, someone else’s pain, to see it from the inside, looking out.”
– Will Ferguson, Giller Prize-winning author of 419
Praise for The Price of Cookies
“The Price of Cookies reveals the price of a great many things: of grief, of love and desire, of heartbreak and indifference, of small joys and great loss. Finnian Burnett’s novella … is at once tragic and funny, alive with the full spectrum of human emotion and all the many ways we might be with one another: as lovers, friends, companions, kind strangers or cruel ones, curious neighbours and hopeful parents. … As we’ve come to expect from Burnett, The Price of Cookies is both fantastic storytelling and insightful observation on the human condition–and a joy to read.”– Christina Myers, award-winning author of The List of Last Chances and Halfway Home (forthcoming 2024)
“The brief stories contained here fire like prisms, shining a welcome light into our collective darkness. These linked passages will tear at you, while simultaneously applying empathy and healing. Here find an artfully detailed small town and its lives effortlessly crafted to represent our world entire. We are very lucky to have Burnett.”
– Michael Blouin, 2x winner of the ReLit Award for Best Novel, Skin House
About Finnian Burnett
Finnian Burnett is a professor, writer, and lifelong learner. They hold a doctorate in English pedagogy from Murray State University and teach college English, creative writing, and early British Literature. They’ve run the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy since 2015 and served as the Director of Education for several years. Under their former name, they published several novels with Sapphire Books Publishing, including two rainbow award winners. Their novella-in-flash, The Clothes Make the Man was released through Ad Hoc Fiction. They are a US transplant to Canada and after years as a permanent resident, they finally had their citizenship ceremony. They are now an official Canadian! (And yes, they cried during their ceremony.) They live in beautiful British Columbia with their wife.