Plight House, The

By Jason Hrivnak
Edited by Beth Follett

Plight House, The
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The unnamed narrator of The Plight House receives a letter: his childhood friend Fiona has committed suicide at the age of thirty-three. As children, he and Fiona had constructed a dark and violent fantasy world, an imaginary network of laboratories where they performed experiments ... Read more


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The unnamed narrator of The Plight House receives a letter: his childhood friend Fiona has committed suicide at the age of thirty-three. As children, he and Fiona had constructed a dark and violent fantasy world, an imaginary network of laboratories where they performed experiments upon their neighbours, families and friends. Now, aware that Fiona had used a document from their shared world as her suicide note, the narrator becomes obsessed with the possibility that he unknowingly held the key to preventing her death.
Invoking the half-forgotten methods of his childhood, he begins to compose a test. Intimate and unrestrained, the test is designed to drive from Fiona all trace of the self-destructive impulse. But by devoting himself to a project that can never bring about its desired effect, the narrator has opened the door to a new frontier of grief. And as he pushes the test yet further into realms of decadence and fever, he precipitates a crisis in his own deeply troubled life.
Part love letter, part elegy, The Plight House chronicles one man's obsessive attempt to resurrect the image of a lost friend.

Jason Hrivnak

Jason Hrivnak lives and works in Toronto. The Plight House is his first novel.

Beth Follett

Beth Follett lives in St. John's NL and is the publisher of Pedlar Press. Her first novel, Tell It Slant, was published in 2001 by Coach House.

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