A novel about Charlie, neurodivergent, preoccupied with numbers, and desperately trying to solve for love.
Growing up on an isolated farm, Charlie is clearly different. He can never make sense of what anyone else is thinking or feeling, and finds solace in the infinitely fascinating world of numbers.
Many years later Charlie sees a phone number pop up on his call display for the first time in ten years, belonging to a woman he assumed dead. On the verge of another breakdown, he searches the streets of Montreal for a lost love -- forced to face a past that he had desperately tried to forget.
With magnetic prose that positively vibrates with energy, Bernice Friesen brilliantly takes us into the mind of a captivating, unforgettable character. Universal Disorder is an extraordinary novel about the human psyche and the imperfect, disordered ways that we love each other.
Bernice Friesen's first novel, The Book of Beasts, was shortlisted for the Writers Trust Fiction Prize. Her work has been published in many Canadian and European journals. One upon a time, she went to art school, treated her hair like sculpture, and did weird performance art. She currently lives on the Gulf Islands.
Praise for Bernice Friesen
"[A] quietly extraordinary novel . . . of several hundred first books reviewed in 10 years at this gig, The Book of Beasts is one of the very few that filled me up, page after page, with gratitude for the gift of art gracefully wielded." -Globe and Mail
"Friesen fills the pages with an energy that is intense and compelling." -Prairie Fire