byR.w. Gray

Paperback | May 15, 2015

Entropic by R.w. Gray
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In his second collection of stories, author and filmmaker R.W. Gray (Crisp) once again finds the place where the beautiful, the strange, and the surreal all meet--sometimes meshing harmoniously, sometimes colliding with terrible violence, launching his characters into a redefined reality. A lovestruck man discovers the secret editing room where his girlfriend erases all her flaws; a massage artist finds that she can alleviate her clients' pain in more ways than one; a beautiful man invites those who want him to do whatever they wish with his unconscious body; and a gay couple meets what appear to be the younger versions of themselves, and learns that history can indeed repeat itself.

With captivating language, imaginative flourishes, and a sharp eye for society's obsession with youth and beauty, Entropic is a worthy successor to Crisp>/i>, which The Globe and Mail called "a lovely, softly inflected flirtation with madness."

Praise for Entropic:

"Writing about the body is difficult because bodies are difficult: they are beautiful and awkward, strong and vulnerable, and if they frame the soul, they also house a host of unspiritual urges. Entropic, R.W. Gray's second collection of short stories after 2010's Crisp, is all about the body, and Gray hones in on all of these contradictions with writing that is as visceral and demanding as its subject."
--Julienne Isaacs, The Winnipeg Review
"Gray's stories of unfulfilled need dance the line between unnervingly erotic and darkly familiar. Reading Entropic is like peeking at the dark space in your heart, hoping to see a light."
--Chelsey Stuyt, Beatroute.ca
"The poetic, but otherworldly, stories of the Prince Rupert-reared and Fredericton-based author situate themselves at the far edges of realism, where normal routines and concerns bleed into the unsteady ground of their shadowy counterparts."
--Brett Joseph Grubisic, The Vancouver Sun
"You will walk away shaken, unsteady, but absolutely enthralled... Gray refuses the shackles of the ordinary."
--Richard Farrell, Numéro Cinq
"[w]hen Gray is good he's very good, his modern parables peeling off layers of convention to get at subconscious truths, submerged archetypes, and emotions."
--Alex Good, Quill and Quire
"[R.W. Gray] treads a fascinating line between realities ... a tender, globetrotting, strongly visual collection."
--Publishers Weekly
"'Entropic' is executed with Cronenbergian deviance, raising tingly questions about the ways lack and absence manifest."
--Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Canadian Literature
"Gray's world is populated with unique characters. Although their circumstances are strange, their emotional experiences are completely understandable."
--Bruce Cinnamon, Alberta Views

R.W. Gray was raised on the northwest coast of BC. He is the author of two serialized novels in Xtra West magazine (Waterboys and Tide Pool Sketches) and has had his fiction appear in Arc, Grain, Event, and dANDelion among others. He has also had ten screenplays produced, including the award winning shorts "alice & huck" ...
Title:EntropicFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:180 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0 inShipping dimensions:180 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0 inPublished:May 15, 2015Publisher:Newest PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927063868

ISBN - 13:9781927063866

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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