Fiction. Did you ever get to thinking that "down on your luck" isn't just an expression? And that what we need here is a bigger statement? Something that adequately describes the scope of the situation? Like when your ex-wife spends all of her time angrier than a five-dollar pistol at everything on the planet, but mostly at you—well, really only at you, and she brings back your record collection but she sets fire to it on your porch and the flames spread to your house and that just proves what you've said all along; that she is crazier than a box of frogs. SKIN HOUSE is a story about two guys who end up in the same bar they started out in. Maybe they're slightly better off than they were at the start. Or maybe not. One has a girlfriend though. They both have a little extra cash, enough to order nachos whenever they want to without going through their pockets first. They're not dead, and that's something right there. And they're not arrested, which is the quite surprising part.
Michael Blouin has won the ReLit Award (Best Novel), been shortlisted for the Amazon First Novel Award, the bp Nichol Award, the CBC Literary Award, and is a winner of the Diana Brebner Award and the 2012 Lampman Award from ARC magazine. He is the author of five previous books of fiction and poetry and his work has been included in several anthologies. He has collaborated on recent projects with poet Gillian Sze, film director Bruce McDonald, and poet and artist bill bissett. He has been published in most Canadian literary magazines including ARC, Descant, Branch, Dragnet, The Antigonish Review, Event, Queen's Quarterly, Grain and The Fiddlehead. He is represented internationally by Westwood Creative Artists.Author City: Ottawa, ON USA