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196 pages (October 2009); 813KB downloadInsomniac Press
; ISBN: INSOM-00006
In Charles Demers's darkly comic debut novel, Daniel — an East Vancouver obsessive-compulsive — is forced to evaluate his self-absorption against the trials and traumas of others. As he tries to submerge himself in a solitary, Karl Marx-inspired research project in the basement archives of the medical library, Daniel watches his family flounder at the centre of a free-speech fight for a children's book about a same-sex relationship—between turtles.
Whether you read this book for Demers's razor-sharp prose — he is a master of observation and a deft purveyor of contemporary vernacular — or simply to be dazzled by one hell of a story, prepare yourself: here's a brave new voice that is both fresh and brash.