Dennis Cooper ♥ The Plight House

April 28th, 2010

Dennis Cooper, author of transgressive classics Closer and Frisk, has included The Plight House (alongside works by Jean-Christophe Valtat and Pascal Quignard) in his recent blog entry “Three books I read recently and loved”.

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The Plight House featured at Blackberry Books

April 26th, 2010

“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.”


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Review on Dead Clothes Sing

October 18th, 2009

“Heartbreak, horror, and impossibly brutal choices may all be yours in The Plight House. This first novel by Jason Hrivnak is like nothing I’ve ever read, and still troubles me.”


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Open Book Toronto interview

October 18th, 2009

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

September 13th, 2009

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