A risqué autobiographical novel that fictionalizes the sexual adventures of the author’s younger days
In 2012, acclaimed writer George Bowering published Pinboy, a fictional memoir of his teenage sexual awakening. With No One, Bowering returns to play with form and fact in this autobiographical novel that continues the narrator’s journey in a quest story full of further sexual awakenings as that Pinboy becomes a man.
A writer called “alert, playful, and questioning” by The Globe and Mail, Bowering infuses this work with sexual politics, romantic and social developments, and a backdrop of ancient themes of homesickness and captivity. Readers may delight in the details of the retelling or perhaps they will be browned off. There are no guarantees. The ending will be a pleasant surprise for readers, patient and otherwise.
George Bowering was born and brought up in the Okanagan Valley of Pinboy. He published his first book of poems when he was 28. Since then, he has published 100 or so books and chapbooks, won Governor General’s Awards for his poetry and fiction, was the first Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada, and has received both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada. He now lives a few steps from where he lived as an undergraduate in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“Bowering has always been an elusive writer. No One turns that into virtue that lifts its pages above the confessional and prurient to a unique sort of discretion that contradictorily enables an exquisite and utterly surprising retelling of marriage’s most ancient story: the soul’s search for home. If anyone has ever doubted that Bowering is a serious and courageous writer, this book will put an end to doubt. No One is one of those books that readers are foolish to judge until the last page has been read.” – Brian Fawcett, author of Virtual Clearcut
“I highly recommend reading the latest of Mr. Bowering’s long list of publications. No One follows up on George’s Pin Boy and continues his character’s saga into adulthood. Yes, there is sex and lots of it, and hilarity, but there is also pathos, and pain. And the ending is delicious! I believe this writing is George Bowering at the top of his game! – Lee Trentadue, Galiano Island Books
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