Devon Code reading from Involuntary Bliss at the 2016 BookThug Fall Launch

Over one hazy weekend in late August, an unnamed narrator visits his troubled friend James following a gap of many months. The two young men are set adrift in the city by way of James’s memories, which flow out of him as lush set pieces—an affair, a stint volunteering at a children’s hospital, a striptease show—assembling a picture of James’s haunted life in the wake of their close friend’s death.

By turns comic, erotic, tender and harrowing, this freewheeling narrative sees Montreal’s bohemians and biker gangs entwine with psychotropic shamanic practices in the mountains of Peru, in a tale of friendship and mortality as unpredictable as it is true to life.