A hallucinatory, fragmentary, and tragic fictional telling of one of the most famous psychotherapy cases in history, Alex Pheby’s Playthings offers a visceral and darkly comic portrait of paranoid schizophrenia. Based on the true story of nineteenth-century German judge Daniel Paul Schreber, Playthings artfully shows the disorienting human tragedy of Schreber’s psychosis, in vertiginous prose that blurs the lines between madness and sanity.
Series: The Pre-War Houseand Other StoriesPaperbackAlison Moore9781771962155$19.95FICTION Jun 12, 2018
From the Man Booker shortlisted author of The Lighthouse comes this uncanny collection of short fiction about the unhomeliness of home: fractured families, domestic claustrophobia, and the unseen menace of the everyday. Alison Moore moves deftly from flash fictions to novella, from insightful realism to chilling gothic horror. With the same emotional tension and tightly controlled prose that garnered her first novel such accolades, Moore once again shines a light into the darkest corners of the human heart and stares unflinchingly at the horror... + Read More
With his trademark wit, C. P. Boyko’s latest crop of stories explores power dynamics. An army doctor and an ambulance driver enter a civil war zone for very different reasons, new mothers face callous physicians, management and workers struggle for power in a dying factory, a high school teacher manouevres for popularity, two enemy platoons joke and plot and attempt to destroy one another, and disgruntled students occupy university administration offices. The Children’s War moves effortlessly through a library of literary styles, from contempor... + Read More
Interrupted during his preparations for the conjugal duties of his wedding night by a mysterious glowing ball of light, Griffith Smolders jumps out the window and flees across the countryside of Victorian Ontario. With his bride hot on his heels, Grif’s madcap adventures come to an end when Avice, intent on exacting her revenge, finally runs him aground.
Series: Biblioasis International Translation SeriesOscarPaperbackMauricio Segura9781771962254$18.95FICTION Jun 12, 2018
Each time Brad, Oscar P.’s big brother, starts playing the piano, the rain stops, summer returns, and the sun refuses to set. After Brad succumbs to the white plague, Oscar wonders how he can be expected to take his place, until he makes a deal with the devil. Inspired by the life of legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, Mauricio Segura’s Oscar evokes the cabarets of the 1950s in this swinging novel, while offering a reflection on the bonds between an artist and the Caribbean diaspora from which he comes. But above all, it’s a poignant homage ... + Read More
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