The acclaimed author of The Peep Diaries and Hello, I’m Special returns to fiction, and delivers a mind-altering collection of short stories that confront the hypocrisies, humiliations and hilarities of modern life. Hal Niedzviecki’s past books have established him as one of North America’s most interesting and influential writers. In Look Down he romps through social conventions, confronts society’s intractable dilemmas and deftly captures the zeitgeist of our fractured times.
* In “Doing God’s Work,” God’s personal assistant devises an outlandish way to kill the deity by playing to his never-ending need for human attention.
* “Prenatal” is a new take on right-to-life, wherein a pregnant 10th-grader finds herself struggling with her fetus’s insistence that she abort him before both their lives are ruined.
* In “Undead,” a man struggling to come to terms with the death of a friend finds himself haunted by a funeral home’s online broadcasts.
* In the epic “Special Topic: Terrorism,” an undergraduate gets in way over his head when a class assignment to found a terror organization goes viral.
“Look Down, This is Where It Must Have Happened” is a biting satire of nostalgia, a send-up of the way highschool-era friendships can permanently choke off the possibility of adulthood.
Praise for Hal Niedzviecki:
“Hal Niedzviecki is a remarkable writer.” — Margot Livesey, author of Eva Moves the Furniture
“Niedzviecki is a gifted writer, thoughtful and insightful.” — The Globe and Mail
“There’s tons of talent here.”– NOW
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