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Vancouver: Book reading — Chelsea Rooney, Pedal

October 15, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

COTTAGE BISTRO PEDALJoin Chelsea Rooney and her gang of misfits for this joint reading and discussion.

“Chelsea Rooney has written a novel that is simultaneously lacerating and deeply empathetic. It confronts difficult material in a frank and unflinching manner, yet remains grounded in an abiding authorial intelligence. Pedal marks the debut of a hugely promising writer.”

–Steven W. Beattie, Quill & Quire

“Julia, the protagonist of this intense first novel, is a psychology grad student who risks everything to pursue scientific research in truly forbidden territory: sexual attraction between adults and children. She persists in her quest in spite of skeptical friends, fragile relatives, a squeamish thesis advisor, an enigmatic bike-tour companion, severe social taboos, and her own painful memories of a birth father she calls Dirtbag–not to prove any point but to find out what lies beyond the conventional wisdom. This is an unsettling novel–smart, fierce, confident, funny, and full of surprises–with an unforgettable young woman at the heart of the storm.”

–Mary Schendlinger, Senior Editor, Geist

“[…] a taut, unsettling, and provoking debut novel […] [Chelsea Rooney] ought to be commended for perceptively addressing such a difficult and inflammatory (and decidedly uncommercial) topic with a subtlety that’s buoyed by ample empathy.”

–Brett Josef Grubisic, Vancouver Sun

Pedal is a brave and captivating book, written with an unflinching eye and a deep understanding of the torment that is the human condition. Chelsea Rooney is a major talent.”

–Steven Galloway, author of The Confabulist and The Cellist of Sarajevo


October 15, 2014
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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