In an alternate, near-future world where corrupt government and corporate interests rule the smallest details of Island life, an unusually sensitive child is born. Navigating a landscape of ecological devastation and botched genetic modification experiments, the child’s survival depends upon their heightened senses and the skills they learn at the knee of their life-hacking father. Will it be enough? As they cross the threshold of adulthood the collapse of Island society draws close and they must act in order to protect what they love.
A richly detailed and compelling first novel, Solo deftly layers satire and social commentary to create a powerful story of resilience and survival.
J. E. Solo is an award winning writer, multi-disciplinary performance artist, and composer whose artistic practice is focussed on creating universes, building worlds and merging the real with the virtual. Solo’s work explores humanity’s tenuous connection to nature and juxtaposes the evolution of modern technology against the fragility of living things.
Recent Awards: An ECMA 2017; Media Arts Prize and Dramatic Script Prize, NL Arts and Letters 2011, 2013; Linda Joy Media Award, Atlantic Film Festival for the script “the machine”, 2013.
JE Solo’s work has been published by Playwrights of Canada Press, Room Magazine, Write On Journal, the Newfoundland Quarterly, Canadian Theatre Review, Switch Magazine, among others. Her first novel, Phreak, (short-listed for WANL’s 2017 Fresh Fish Award) is coming this year from Toronto publisher House of Zolo.