People Park by Pasha Malla

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People Park is a sopping hoagie of a novel: well worth it if you have the appetite, but be careful when you eat it. There’s stuff falling out all over the place.
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It's the Silver Jubilee of People Park, an urban experiment conceived by a radical mayor and zealously policed by the testosterone-powered New Fraternal League of Men. To celebrate, the insular island city has engaged the illustrator Raven, who promises to deliver the most astonishing spectacle its residents have ever seen. As the entire island comes together for the event, we meet an unforgettable cross-section of its inhabitants, from activists to nihilists, art stars to athletes, families to inveterate loners. Soon, however, what has promised to be a triumph of civic harmony begins to reveal its shadow side. And when Raven's illustration exceeds even the most extreme of expectations, the island is plunged into a series of unnatural disasters that force people to confront what they are really made of.

People Park is a tour de force of eerily prescient, grotesque, and hilarious observation and a narrative of gripping, unrelenting suspense. Malla writes as if the twin demons of Stephen King and Flannery O'Connor were resting on his shoulders. You've never read anything quite like People Park.

 

About Pasha Malla

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Pasha Malla's first collection of short stories, The Withdrawal Method, a Globe and Mailand National Postbook of the year, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Trillum Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize (Best First Book, Canada & Caribbean) and longlisted for the Giller Prize. A frequent contributor to The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and CBC radio, he is also the winner of an Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, two National Magazine Awards for humour writing, and has twice had stories included in the Journey Prize anthology. He was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, grew up in London, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto, Ontario.
 
Published July 1, 2012 by House of Anansi Press. 484 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Owen King on Nov 04 2013

People Park is a sopping hoagie of a novel: well worth it if you have the appetite, but be careful when you eat it. There’s stuff falling out all over the place.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by Jc Sutcliffe on Jul 13 2012

Some of the characters...are given the space to reflect on the little failures and missed opportunities of their lives, but although these moments are good, they are too infrequent.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Matthew J. Trafford on Jul 06 2012

People Park is an ambitious and complex novel, impressively rendered and fantastic to read.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Matthew J. Trafford on Jul 06 2012

Malla, however, need have no such doubts. People Park is an ambitious and complex novel, impressively rendered and fantastic to read.

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