In 1970, David Homel escaped the American draft by moving to Paris. But a hiking accident in Spain led to a harrowing journey through botched surgeries, opiate addiction, the loneliness of a crippled traveler, and the constant pain that would define his life for years to come.
Today, planning to stay in the game as long as possible, he has a few ideas about how to do just that. By confronting body image issues, performance anxiety, and the challenges of desire, Homel draws an affecting portrait of the battle between Eros and Melancholy. Which one will prevail in this story we call our lives?
About the author
David Homel has translated over 30 books, many by Quebec authors. He won the Governor General's Literary Award in translation in 1995 for Why Must a Black Writer Write About Sex? by Dany Laferrière; his translation of Laferrière's How to Make Love to a Negro was nominated in 1988; and he won the prize in 2001 with fellow translator Fred A. Reed for Fairy Wing. His novels, which include Sonya & Jack, Electrical Storms, and The Speaking Cure have been published in several languages. Homel lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Excerpt: Lunging into the Underbrush: A Life Lived Backward (by (author) David Homel)
I have aged backward. I experienced severe incapacity at a young age, as a teenager. I built strength as time passed, though I had to wait until I was in my fifties to finally begin that work. That progress may sound illogical, and I certainly didn't ask for it. But it happened, and brought with it unexpected gifts.
"If I have to age, I hope I do it the way David Homel has: kicking and screaming and laughing at the demons. In Lunging, he reminds us that aging is just another word for growing, and that to grow is to remain vitally alive."--Wayne Grady, author of Up From Freedom
"Homel is proposing a new definition of agin, and his book takes a most surprising turn when it looks into the sexuality of people as they age." Le Journal de Montréal