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By (author): Jowita Bydlowska
Jowita Bydlowska


Rare Machines - Toronto



Product Form:


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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 04, 2022
$23.99 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 1 in | 390 gr

Page Count:

336 pages
Dundurn Press
Rare Machines
FICTION / Psychological
Fiction: general and literary|Contemporary horror and ghost stories|Narrative theme: Love and relationships
  • Short Description
Caught between a younger man that doesn't promise anything, her older former lover, and her senile mother, Josephine travels to a haunted quarantine island, where she meets an enigmatic, beatiful man with a haunting story.
“Equal parts Harlequin romance, Gothic horror story and Camusian moral tale.” — GLOBE AND MAIL

From the bestselling author of Drunk Mom, comes a story of romantic obsession, mental illness, and self-discovery as one woman travels to a haunted quarantine island.

Josephine is obsessed. Or possessed — by unrequited love for a younger man who doesn’t promise anything, but who gives her a taste of intimacy that puts her on the brink of losing her mind. Oscillating between her elusive lover and her older former partner, stuck in the hell that is working in a cubicle, and obliged to tend to her destructive, senile mother, Josephine is trapped.

After a work assignment promises to deliver distraction, Josephine makes a decision to visit a former quarantine island in the Adriatic Sea, where she meets an enigmatic, beautiful man with a haunting story. Intimate and erotic, Possessed is a dark and funny story exploring sexual obsession, mental illness, and the supernatural.


  • Calling to mind The Pisces by Melissa Broder and for readers of Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante and A Separation by Katie Kitamura, Possessed is a multifaceted story exploring sexual obsession, mental illness, and the supernatural
  • Author is known for her courageous, transgressive writing that sparks strong emotions in readers: her bestselling memoir, Drunk Mom (2013) and her debut novel Guy (2016)
  • “Jowita Bydlowska isn't just one of this nation's bravest writers, she's one of our best.” — Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda
  • “I love the way that she approaches prose — I think it’s really beautiful” — Lena Dunham

Jowita Bydlowska was born in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to Canada as a teenager. She has published two bestselling books: the memoir Drunk Mom and a novel, Guy, as well as dozens of short stories in various magazines and journals. Jowita lives in Toronto.

  • Publicity campaign to targeted media and influencers
  • Representation at international trade shows and conferences
  • Social media campaign and online advertising
  • Cover and chapter reveal
  • Trade and consumer advertising
  • Email campaigns to consumers, booksellers, and librarians
  • Digital galley available: NetGalley, Edelweiss, Catalist
  • Goodreads Giveaway
  • Author Website: jowitabydlowska.com
  • Author Twitter: @happynotsad1
  • Author Facebook: @writingwritingwriting
  • Author Instagram: @jowitabot
  • Book hashtag: #PossessedNovel

For more information contact
Alyssa Boyden, [email protected]

Jowita Bydlowska writes with such unsparing elegance about sex, violence, and desire. She’s a writer of keen psychological insight, who is not afraid to be funny and cutting about serious things. - Zoe Whittall, author of The Spectacular

Part slow-burn psychological thriller, part claustrophobic nightmare, and all of it brushed with a tragic glaze, Possessed walks the razor’s edge that divides desire from horror. Let it pull you in, then pull you deep. - Andrew Pyper, bestselling author of The Residence and The Demonologist

Sex doesn’t get hotter nor desire more unsettling than in Possessed. This is a courageous, absorbing novel by one of the most interesting writers currently at work in Canada. - Barbara Gowdy, author of Little Sister

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