A Message for Mr. Lazarus, Cormorant Books, 2000.
(Winner of the 2001 Writers' Union of Canada "Danuta Gleed" Award for best first collection of short fiction.)

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Some Reviews

Quill & Quire (starred review):
* “With the publication of A Message for Mr. Lazarus, Barbara Lambert joins the growing throng of first-rate female short story writers in Canada. In her debut collection she proves herself a deft practitioner of the short story form, and an eminent cartographer of the heart … A Message for Mr. Lazarus is a stunning piece of work.”

Globe and Mail: “The novella and stories of B.C. writer Barbara Lambert’s A Message for Mr. Lazarus have the luster of antique tapestry.”

Edmonton Journal: “… She is a writer who is able to get inside a person’s head and chart their unexpected actions so they make perfect sense. This is short fiction at its best.

Georgia Strait: “...In the same literary league as those penned by master storytellers Raymond Carver and Shirley Jackson.”

View Magazine, Hamilton Spectator: “Author Lambert Exhibits Cool Control in a Handful of Labyrinthine Tales....”

Toronto Star: “This collection starts off with a three-page account of a couple who notice a man who died several weeks earlier, dining at a nearby table. The half-dozen stories that follow often have a similar quirky flavour, an unsettling quality ... soon the images start piling up, the boxes, traps and cages along with “leaping free” and “taking the plunge.” … Lambert’s stories are put together with care and precision, and reward a careful reading.”

North Shore News: “Lambert uses her words the way a painter applies colours, building up intensity and depth as she tells her tale.