Back in the Land of the Living
by Eva Crocker
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Pub Date 22 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 06 Oct 2023
House of Anansi Press Inc., House of Anansi Press
A sexy, unforgettable story about love and longing in a time of chaos by Scotiabank Giller Prize–longlisted author Eva Crocker.
Back in the Land of the Living brings us a year in the life of Marcy, a young queer woman who moves to Montreal in the fall of 2019 after making a mess of her life in St. John’s. Alone in a big city on the brink of lockdown, Marcy finds herself working an assortment of odd and sometimes dangerous, sometimes ethically questionable jobs, and swept up in a tumultuous romance with a charismatic woman. As friends, loyalties, and philosophies collide, Marcy tries to carve out a future amidst the intertwined crises of late capitalism, the climate apocalypse, and the Covid-19 pandemic.
With all the candour, wit, and bracing wisdom that have won her accolades and awards across Canada, Eva Crocker gives us a sexy, unforgettable story about love and longing in a time of chaos.
Praise for ALL I ASK by Eva Crocker
Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
“A wickedly funny, sexy, joyous novel, threaded through with sadness, uncertainty, and emotional risk.” —Toronto Star
“This could be the breakout novel of the year.” —Now Magazine
“Funny, hot, and heartfelt.” —Xtra
“Crocker pulls off an ending that brings the drama full circle in a way that is both unexpected and satisfying . . . Comparisons to Sally Rooney and Eileen Myles have been made, but there’s something in Crocker’s forthright descriptions of physical bodies and their functions that feels closer to the work of Ottessa Moshfegh . . . It is Crocker’s straightforward honesty and forthrightness that is most refreshing.” —Quill and Quire
“There are novels that feel alive. There is no other way to describe it, because words like ‘fresh’ or ‘current’ are not enough. These novels are more than just a compelling plot or strong writing. They do more than tap into current events or debates. These novels offer access to something made animate on the page, and speak from a perspective that feels somehow deeply familiar and entirely unknown; Eva Crocker’s All I Ask is one such novel . . . Refreshing as it is tense and sensual as it is sad, All I Ask is a sharp and absorbing read.” —Miramichi Reader
“All I Ask is a carefully crafted, observant novel, whose dialogue and scene composition retain an intimacy and immediacy … [Eva Crocker] writes convincingly of the intersection of the personal and the political … A deft, assured debut.” —Montreal Review of Books
“Crackling, intense, and ultimately delightful … [All I Ask] is a wonderful character study and an encapsulation of a particular time and place. Plot and prose are rendered perfectly, and the ending will drive readers to scribble questions in the margins and create book clubs and discussion groups. Crocker is a writer we will be talking about for a long time.” —Newfoundland Quarterly
“Eva Crocker's stunning debut, All I Ask, eloquently depicts a generation struggling to gain self-determination in a climate steeped in societal deprivation, violence, and greed. Her characters, informed by progressive ideals and the optimism of youth, labour to overcome precariousness in all aspects of their lived experience. Housing. Employment. Love. All they ask of their home, by birth or by choice, is for some semblance of physical autonomy, emotional respect, and financial stability. Crocker implores we acknowledge the power inequity inherent in her city so that we might access an unknown store of compassion and empathy. Eva Crocker’s All I Ask is precise and fervent storytelling. She is a fascinating, keen voice in Newfoundland and Labrador. All I Ask is a compelling novel and an impressive accomplishment for one of our most promising writers.” —Megan Gail Coles, author of Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club