When Paul is hired to write a monograph of the Montreal photographer John Marchuk, he assumes he'll be able to turn over the eccentric project in a matter of weeks. Little does he know that over the next few months his visits with Marchuk, in a house stuffed with boxes stacked floor to ceiling with his life's archive, will expose an emptiness in his own home. In this ninth novel, David Homel delivers some of his most memorable characters to date - reclusive artists, disaffected life partners, wandering ghosts, cult-affiliated nuns - in a contemporary Montreal noir that reveals how much we learn about ourselves when we begin to ask questions of others.
About the author
David Homel was born in Chicago in 1952 and left that city in 1970 for Paris, living in Europe the next few years on odd jobs and odder couches. He has published eight novels, from Electrical Storms in 1988 to The Teardown, which won the Paragraph Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2019. He has also written young adult fiction with Marie-Louise Gay, directed documentary films, worked in TV production, been a literary translator, journalist, and creative writing teacher. He has translated four books for Linda Leith Publishing: Bitter Roase (2015), (2016), Nan Goldin: The Warrior Medusa (2017) and Taximan (2018). Lunging into the Underbrush is his first book of non-fiction. He lives in Montreal.