"Dark, suspenseful, memorable, and horrifying. A true (and rare) literary thriller. I read it obsessively. One of my favourite novels from this past year." – Iain Reid
The Fifth Child
"A short but sinister novel that will rattle and unsettle. 'It's a horror story,' Lessing said of her book. 'I was very glad when it was done. It was an upsetting thing to write – obviously it goes very deep into me somewhere.''' – Iain Reid
"An American masterwork. The New York Times said it so well: 'this is an America where no one is responsible or in control; all are receptors, receivers of stimuli, consumers.' Published in 1985, but still relevant today." – Iain Reid
The Whispering Muse
"A blend of several ancient and modern literary traditions and techniques, Sjón's magical writing is unlike most/all fiction being published in North America. A fun read that's still deceptively complex."
– Iain Reid
My Life in France
"The literary equivalent of a grilled cheese: straightforward, comforting, endearing, something you can consume happily in bed. A cookbook, a memoir, a travelogue, a love story." – Iain Reid
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Guest chooser Iain Reid's first novel was just published and is already a national bestseller and an Amazon Best Book of June 2016.
At first, Reid’s writing has a breezy quality, and his characters seem so straightforward that you do not expect what happens to happen – at all. The story begins with the narrator "thinking of ending things" with her boyfriend while on a road trip to meet his parents. Odd juxtapositions slowly intrude and multiply. “How do we know when something is menacing? What cues us that something is not innocent? Instinct always trumps reason.” Nothing is what it seems in this ingenious, multilayered book. An existential thriller that's part Stephen King part James Lasdun and wholly mind-bending.
Published by Simon & Schuster in Canada, Scout Press in the US, and Text in Australia.
Flying Books' current guest chooser is Iain Reid. Reid is the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books of nonfiction, One Bird's Choice and The Truth About Luck, which was one of TheGlobe and Mail's best books of 2013. Reid’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Globe and Mail, and the National Post. In 2015, he received the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is his first novel.