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LPG Catalogue: Fall 2016

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Involuntary Bliss
By (author): Devon Code
9781771662499 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Oct 18, 2016
$20.00 CAD
Active 5.25 x 8 x 0.4 in | 220 gr 176 pages Book*hug Press
Even in death, he said, the novella’s power would bind us together, all of us who had read it, appealing as it did equally to our emotions and our intellects.

Intense and densely layered, Involuntary Bliss is the latest intriguing story from awardwinning young writer Devon Code. Situated in modern-day Montréal during a weekend in late August, two young men come together in an attempt to restore their friendship.

From the streets of Montréal’s Plateau to the mountainous hillsides of Machu Picchu and beyond, this high-spirited picaresque investigates themes of mortality, idealism, and transgressive art from the perspective of young adults, in a novel comprised of incidents by turns comic, erotic, tender, and harrowing.

In conceiving of this novel, Code took as influence such works as Roberto Bolaño’s By Night in Chile and Horacio Castellanos Moya’s Senselessness. With its dark humour and elements of psychological compulsion, Involuntary Bliss also follows in the tradition of Franz Kafka, while its eroticism, narrative momentum and intimations of violence align well with the novels of Haruki Murakami.

Devon Code is the award-winning author of fiction, short stories, and critical reviews. In A Mist, Code's first collection of short stories, was longlisted for the 2008 ReLit Award and was included on The Globe and Mail's "Best Books" list. In 2010, Code was the recipient of the Journey Prize for his story "Uncle Oscar." His reviews of literary fiction have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Quill & Quire, and Canadian Notes & Queries. Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Code lives in Peterborough, Ontario. Code's latest novel Involuntary Bliss is forthcoming from BookThug in the fall of 2016. Connect with Code on his website ( or on Facebook (

Launches in Toronto, Peterborough, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax
ARCs available

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Praise for Involuntary Bliss:

"A wry elegy for youth and a melancholy ode to Montreal. Almost as disquieting as it is entertaining, Involuntary Bliss is a literary derangement of the senses and an elegant addition to the current stream of coming-of-age fiction." --Mike Steeves, author of Giving Up

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