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The Apple in the Orchard

The Apple in the Orchard

By Brian Dedora

In experimental lit veteran Brian Dedora’s third novel, prose fragments and narrative threads come in and out of focus as, on a winter’s night, a reveller in an upscale Toronto restaurant begins the most dangerous of things: a journey into memory. Is he a narcissist or is he among the wounded? What is it to be gay in a small desert town and in the heart of a sprawling city? The Apple in the Orchard navigates the truths and half-truths of a traveller, a loner plunging through city streets and into the woods, a Canadian wrapped in the myths of the North and tangled in the snare-traps of the urban. As this layered, undulating novel explores class tensions, a family in disintegration, and how the effects of sexual abuse wind through generations, and while cameos by voyageurs, cowboys, Black Robe, and Grey Owl flicker to life and vanish again, the tragic story of the unnamed Her emerges in verbal snapshots.


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About the author

Brian Dedora is a master gilder, artist, photographer, and writer. He has been writing since 1977 and has published extensively. Dedora’s book A Slice of Voice at the Edge of Hearing (2008) was a finalist for the Relit Award and the George Ryga Prize. His titles A Few Sharp Sticks (2011); Lot 351 (2013); and Eye Where (2014), a book of his visual work from the 70s and 80s, followed, each published by Mercury Press & Teksteditions in Toronto. Dedora’s titles have been published around the world including Lorcation (2015, Editorial Visor, Madrid/BookThug, Toronto); Paper Poems (2021, RedFox Press, Ireland); and Polaroid Poems (2022, Paper View Press, Portugal).

Originally from Vernon, B.C., Dedora is currently based in Toronto where he continues to write and hone his skills in film photography with his vintage cameras: Rolleiflex, Hasselblad, and Leica.