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The Encyclopedia of Lies

By Christopher Gudgeon

In these sixteen stories, Christopher Gudgeon – bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Song of Kosovo – takes a heartbreaking and hilarious look into the lives, loves, sexual obsessions and delusions that inform a grand cast of off-kilter characters.

Here is a gay couple who persevere with their marriage plans as the world – literally – crumbles around them, a woman who discovers the mysterious collection of letters that reveals a terrifying truth about her deceased finance, a dutiful son, locked in an life-or-death marathon race with his famous father, and a baby who becomes infested with fruit flies – sending his adoptive parents into a spiral of recrimination and self-doubt.

At once bitterly funny, provocative and poignant, this remarkable collection – follow up to Greeting from the Vodka Sea, Gudgeon’s short story debut – The Encyclopedia of Lies builds on his growing literary reputation, offering up the work of a great storyteller at his very best.


“Gudgeon is . . . a major new talent in Canadian literature.”
— Quill and Quire on Greetings from the Vodka Sea

“a remarkable first novel.”
— Victoria Times-Colonist on Song of Kosovo

ISBN 978-1-77214-075-0
5 x 8.5 | 212 pp
$20 CAN / $20 US
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