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From Up River and for One Night Only

Brett Josef Grubisic

Now or Never Publishing

In our attention-span-devoid, smartphoneoptimized era, it seems rare – nostalgic even – for an author to prioritize meticulous craft over an action-packed storyline. Though University of British Columbia lecturer in English (and Q&Q reviewer) Brett Josef Grubisic’s latest is being promoted as a novel about a new wave band, the book’s key seduction lies less in the musical minutiae than in its four teenaged protagonists and, most especially, in the author’s painstaking technique. Rich in language and metaphor, From Up River and for One Night Only tells a very specific coming-of-age story, highlighting how the characters’ small-town adolescence is representative of human life and dreams.

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