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Strange Loops: A Novel (Hardcover)

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A propulsive, darkly gripping novel about the power and paradoxes of human longing, faith, trauma and taboo, from the acclaimed author of The Amateurs, shortlisted for the Amazon First Novel Award.

A fractured portrait of a darkly riveting sibling relationship from the inside out, Strange Loops is an electrifying, intelligent and emotionally charged second novel from an award-winning young literary star on the rise.

Francine and her twin brother Philip share a powerful bond in childhood that fades as they became young adults. When Philip unexpectedly becomes intensely religious, his sister decides to join his Christian youth group and soon becomes infatuated with the youth pastor. Obsessed by this transgression and what he sees as his sister's moral impropriety, Philip eventually uncovers a dark secret that threatens to shatter his faith and estranges the two siblings for decades. Later, as an adult, even as the storm clouds of resentment and mutual betrayal between her and her brother still churn around them, Francine finds herself both stirred and alienated by her attraction to an ex-student who has recently reappeared in her life, making her feel caught in a condition of perpetual departure toward the same inevitable calamity.

Crackling with the intensity and plot twists of a dark domestic thriller but bursting with ideas and distinguished by Harmer's penetrating eye for the messiest and most meaningful human relationships--all rendered in lean, sharp pose, Strange Loops shocks, rattles, and entertains while asking vital questions about the paradoxes that make us who we are, and probes the possibility of love outside of any will to possess or be possessed.

About the Author

LIZ HARMER's stories and essays have been published in The Malahat Review, PRISM, Grain, The New Quarterly, Little Brother and other journals. She has won a National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism, was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize and was a finalist for a Glimmer Train Prize. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Raised in Hamilton, Ontario, she now lives with her husband and their three daughters in southern California.

Praise For…

“Smart, sharp, and magnetic. . . . [Strange Loops] evolves into a chance to reflect darkly on familial bond . . . and to study the human animal, here so capable and incapable all at once.” Quill & Quire

“Gripping. . . . Dense with twists, [Strange Loops] builds to a stunning conclusion that somehow feels both inevitable and unexpected.”Chatelaine

“Exquisite and propulsive. . . . [Strange Loops is] an unsettling story of doubleness, the messiness and irresolvability of power dynamics, and what it means to be a woman who wants, who desires.” Pickle Me This

"A slender, wildly compelling novel that asks infinite questions—a dizzying, kaleidoscopic foray into the desires and fears that make us so imperfectly  human. I was compelled from beginning to end—this is a novel that sinks into your very bones." —Amanda Leduc, author of The Centaur's Wife

"Lean and enthralling, Strange Loops is brimming with the complexities and questions of human relationships. A story that burns with intensity and daring." —Iain Reid, author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things, and Foe

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345811271
ISBN-10: 0345811275
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Publication Date: January 31st, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English