After the Fire & The Particulars
From the author of Bears comes two dark comedies that expose what we're capable of when pushed to our breaking point and give in to the temptation of taking matters into our own hands.
Set in the aftermath of the disaster that nearly destroyed Fort McMurray in 2016, After the Fire centres around two couples whose lives have been deeply affected by the ruin. Sisters Laura and Carmell have been channelling their devastation into their daughters' hockey team, as their Indigenous husbands Barry and Ty grapple with their own demons while digging a very big hole.
In The Particulars, a week's worth of daily routines for an insomniac is disrupted by a mysterious home invasion. Gordon battles his invaders on two fronts--in his home, where he believes he is dealing with vermin, and in his yard, where insects have taken over his garden. By day, Gordon forges ahead, in control of every aspect of his life. But by night, the scratching he hears in his walls is unravelling him, driving him to the edge of cosmic desperation.
With sharp commentary, Matthew MacKenzie revels in the mundane struggles that disguise the cosmically profound surrounding us all.
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