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Chapter 8 of The Archaeologists

Chapter 8 of my serialized novel The Archaeologists is now up on the website of Taddle Creek Magazine. In which new character Susan arrives in Wississauga after a long bus trip from out West and wonders what comes next…

Read chapter 8.

Visit The Archaeologists serialization page to read past chapters and find out more about the novel.

(All 34 chapters of The Archaeologists will be published online on the websites of 5 great magazines between now and October. The novel will be published by ARP Books in Fall 2016.)

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The Archaeologists: Chapter 2

Chapter 2 of my novel The Archaeologists is now up on Geist Magazine’s website. In which we meet a young community cable television reporter named Hal.

Read chapter 2.

Visit The Archaeologists serialization page to read past chapters and find out more about the novel.

(All 34 chapters of The Archaeologists will be published online on the websites of 5 great magazines between now and October. The novel will be published by ARP Books in Fall 2016.)

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About The Archaeologists

About The Archaeologists

The Archaeologists is the first novel in ten years from the author of the acclaimed novel The Program and the scathing work of social criticisms Trees On Mars: Our Obsession with the Future and The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbours. Harnessing his well known capacity for sharp-tongued commentary and cutting edge fiction, Niedzviecki breaks new ground with this, his third novel and fifth work of fiction.

He tells his simplest story yet, a story that manages to capture the essence of the huge issues facing society today – the environment, consumerism, ennui, repatriation – by harnessing the quotidian passions and desires of people who want nothing more than an ordinary life they can believe in.

Equal parts Desperate Housewives, Camus, and Salinger, Archeologists tells a simple story fraught with dark comedy, wry observations, and complex emotion.

The Plot

When feckless pot dealer Tim finds out that his father, whom he hasn’t seen in a decade, is dying, he panics and bolts back to his childhood home bordering the riverbank in the fictional edge city of Wississauga, Ontario. Ostensibly there to confront his dying father and finally discover what really happened to his mother, who disappeared suddenly when he was a child, Tim finds himself inexplicably drawn to the forest river gully behind his old childhood house. Peering through the trees into the backyard he smokes his dwindling supply and witnesses a woman digging up bones.

When listless June starts having visions directing her to dig up her suburban backyard, she figures she’s got nothing better to do. Her older husband Norm is a dentist busy with his expanding practice, and there’s little else in Wississauga’s collection of malls, roads and box stores to distract her. But what begins as a weird whim quickly takes on the characteristics of obsession. Convinced that she’s discovered the bones of an ancient Native explorer pioneer, June stakes her identity and marriage on getting to the bottom of a secret she believes she’s been chosen to solve.

These two characters, plus four others including Wississauga’s oldest living resident, a cable community news reporter, and a 6th grader who goes by Charlie, pursue their separate but interconnected obsessions, but time is running out: the river gully, once home to the people of the Wississauga nation, is slated for demolition and a new road. Meanwhile, Tim’s almost out of pills and pot, Norm’s starting to wonder what’s going on with his wife, and a cub cable community reporter thinks he’s about to break the first big story of his fledgling career.

Set entirely in the fictional suburb of Wississauga, Archeology is a provocative vision of 21st century life. This is a novel about the end of history, the foundational collective guilt shoring up consumer society, and the yearning for simple feeling in an age of hyper-speed digital communication. The Archaeologists is also a novel about people whose lives intersect as randomly and inevitably as fate. A lonely housewife loses herself in a dream; a young man fleeing his future returns to the site of his childhood past; and a cadaver of bones buried in a backyard poses as either the answer to everything or the portal to a phantasmagoric collective madness.

 

CBC Hypes up the Campus Poem

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CBC hypes up the campus poem Twitter experiment I’m conducting as part of my writer-in-residency with McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library! Read the article here.

 

 

 

First Novel Ditch is going to be a feature film

My first novel Ditch is on its way to becoming a feature film. Independent production company Picture Plant is currently shooting the movie in Nova Scotia. Check out the report in the Hollywood Reporter for the cast details.

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Ditch is a subversive, compelling portrait of a young man’s plunge into adulthood, set in Toronto, Buffalo and the suburbs of Maryland. Niedzviecki’s prose quickly dumps you into the head of Ditch, awkward, aimless, endearing — still living with his mom, driving a delivery van to get by — and into the rather more complicated mind, diary, e-mail and website of a young runaway who moves into the upstairs apartment. Debs is beautiful, tortured and much projected upon, largely because of the kind of pictures of herself she puts up on her website. Both she and Ditch are searching for absent pasts and possible futures, and Debs is on the run from something particularly nasty.Ditch is a sudden stumble into an instantly recognizable, constantly shifting, unforgettable world where everything happens through the filters of memory and modems.