Mantis Dreams: The Journal of Dr. Dexter Ripley is a crackling, searing satire that ridicules both political correctness and the restrictive world of academia. But Adam Pottle’s first novel is also a poignant and difficult glance into the world of a man battling a rare and debilitating disease. A wheelchair user living voluntarily in a care home, Dexter Ripley lashes out at all those around him—his behaviour so outrageous yet insightful that Ripley is curiously both repelling and fascinating. With a boisterous, propulsive voice, Dexter Ripley shares his insights on life as a care home resident, his relationships with his sister and her son, his career as a professor, and, despite his bitter nature, his goal of creating a philosophy based on positivity and imagination. Through the voice of this embittered man, Pottle creates a treatise that views disability as a philosophical position rather than a physical or mental condition.
About the author
Adam Pottle’s first book, a volume of poetry, Beautiful Mutants, was published in 2011 by Caitlin Press and was subsequently shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Award, and was longlisted for the ReLit Poetry Prize. Born in Kamloops and raised in Ashcroft, Kitimat and Prince George, BC, Adam now lives in Saskatoon, where he is pursuing a doctoral degree in English literature.