A body is found on the side of a highway. Naked, throat slashed, no identification. It disappears from the back of a police van and begins a strange odyssey, making its way, over the course of one early winter night, all around the northern town of Sudbury and through the lives and dreams of eleven very different people.
These eleven people ? from the police officers who retrieve the body to the teenager who carries it away to the young waitrress planning to strike out for Toronto and Sudbury's local drug dealer ? are all damaged in some way, and eventually, through the body itself, are brought together in a strange moment of violence.
Matthew Heiti was born in Sudbury, and holds an MA from the University of New Brunswick. His fiction has appeared in many periodicals and journals, and his plays have been workshopped and produced across the country. A Genie?-nominated screenwriter, he is currently at work on a novel about two brothers fighting a dark presence that stalks the wasted sulphur hills of their neighbourhood.
Heiti’s Sudbury is a dark place, his characters caught between the desire to stay and the urge to flee ... The City Still Breathing brings to life the strange, proud beauty of has-beens and also-rans in one relentlessly hard-luck town.- The National Post
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