“Inspiration for the rest of us”

Blogger Carrie Carm has included The Plight House in her Monday column, Inspiration for the rest of us.

“This week’s inspiration is grief and strange beauty: Jason Hrivnak’s The Plight House, a stunning, deadly book. It’s just so sad and odd and gorgeous.

It is even pleasing as a physical object, all by itself. Published by Pedlar Press out of Toronto and with cover art by Tom Poirier — the book’s official website banner shows it off — it has high-quality, laid paper (with visible chain lines), and the layout of the book leaves plenty of negative space: a book design success.

The content itself is divine.”

— CARRIE CARM

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The Plight House featured at Blackberry Books

“With this novel, Jason Hrivnak will reach inside you and pull your heart out. The unnamed narrator takes us on a deeply personal journey after learning of the suicide of his childhood best friend. This doesn’t read like a typical novel and therein lies its strength — Hrivnak doesn’t follow conventions of style or narrative and this allows him to reach new depths and heights of despair, hope, passion and pain.”

— MARY-ANN

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Open Book Toronto interview

Pedlar Press publisher Beth Follett interviews Jason Hrivnak about the process of writing The Plight House.

“Bright and alienated youths never really go away and neither, of course, do their scars. That’s the great thing about taking as one’s subject matter the experiences — sickness, insanity, violence, love — that nobody comes through unscathed. The readership of such material isn’t defined by conventional demographic criteria, but, rather, by each individual reader’s willingness to journey into a territory filled with peril, perhaps even pain.”

See the complete interview on the Open Book Toronto website.

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Lynn Crosbie review

“First Rule of The Plight House: everyone talk about The Plight House. Hrivnak writes like a crazy angel in this addictive, astonishing debut.”

— LYNN CROSBIE