FictionThe Decade in FictionFrom foot fetishes to the perils of poetic success this is the fiction that helped define Canada December 27, 2019February 6, 2020 - by The Walrus StaffThe Walrus Staff Updated 14:27, Feb. 6, 2020 | Published 8:35, Dec. 27, 2019 br> The Decade in Fiction As the 2010s come to close, we look back at a mix of your favourite stories and speakers. From foot fetishes to the perils of poetic success, this is the fiction that helped define Canada The Shoe Emporium BY LISA MOORE His nodding effects a reluctant intimacy, as if many a customer could not get this kind of attention out of Steve Bye Judy and Good Luck BY MONA AWAD Judy shakes her head sadly. She winces as if even that hurts. Then she tells us how she got so drunk last night that she decided she’d try to get her dog and cat to make friends My Pleasure BY ALIX HAWLEY The McDonald’s had been there for decades, built in sunnier days, but it couldn’t last Writing, Success, How to Step Back BY JASON MCBRIDE I was told there wasn’t a market for poetry until my book became a bestseller. What if success makes me lose my authentic voice? Tax Niʔ Pik̓ak (A Long Time Ago) BY TROY SEBASTIAN / NUPQU ʔA·Kǂ AM̓ Ka titi had been alive longer than most of the people on the reserve. She remembered when David Thompson arrived in Ktunaxa ʔamak̓is The Rainbow Festival BY SEAN MICHAELS Every year, my mother transformed our home into an inn. The parlour became the gentlemen’s lounge, the dining room became the breakfast nook, and most of the other rooms were turned into guest bedrooms Meet You at the Door BY LAWRENCE HILL I had been typing since I was thirteen. On my mother’s L.C. Smith, my friend Howie and I made up our own Typing Olympics Shary Boyle Imagines Art’s Survival BY SHARY BOYLE A short story about art at the end of the world Seal BY KATHRYN KUITENBROUWER An endless sea, the horizon exquisite, with a particular blue-yellow light glancing off it We Be Naked BY ZSUZSI GARTNER Our demands be modest. We not be asking for the moons of Jupiter. Clean air to breathe, clean water to drink Working Clean BY NABEN RUTHNUM Richie felt around beneath the cushion he was sitting on and pulled out a miniature Raptors basketball, then started bouncing it off the wall behind the TV A Recognized Man BY MICHAEL HARRIS Timothy nodded and listened to their footsteps awhile, trying to straighten his mind after the boozy dinner A System From the North BY ALIX OHLIN For losing a child, she knew she would be fired. She had plenty of experience with fireable offences In-depth award-winning longform journalism delivered right to your inbox. Sign up for the weekly newsletter from The Walrus.