Fishbowl: A Novel by Bradley SomerFishbowl: A Novel by Bradley Somer

Fishbowl: A Novel

byBradley Somer

Paperback | November 1, 2016

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A goldfish named Ian is falling from the 27th-floor balcony on which his fishbowl sits. He's longed for adventure, so when the opportunity arises, he escapes from his bowl, clears the balcony railing and finds himself airborne. Plummeting toward the street below, Ian witnesses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents.

There's the handsome grad student, his girlfriend, and his mistress; the construction worker who feels trapped by a secret; the building's super who feels invisible and alone; the pregnant woman on bed rest who craves a forbidden ice cream sandwich; the shut-in for whom dirty talk, and quiche, are a way of life; and home-schooled Herman, a boy who thinks he can travel through time. Though they share time and space, they have something even more important in common: each faces a decision that will affect the course of their lives. Within the walls of the Seville are stories of love, new life, and death, of facing the ugly truth of who one has been and the beautiful truth of who one can become.

Sometimes taking a risk is the only way to move forward with our lives. As Ian the goldfish knows, "An entire life devoted to a fishbowl will make one die an old fish with not one adventure had."

Bradley Somer's Alberta Literary Award winning Fishbowl is at turns funny and heartbreaking.

BRADLEY SOMER was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in Canada and holds degrees in Anthropology and Archaeology. His debut novel, Imperfections, published in Canada, won the 2013 CBC Bookie Award for debut of the year. Fishbowl was an Indie Next pick and appeared on Parnassus Books' Best Books of 2015 list. He lives in Calgary, Can...
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Title:Fishbowl: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.15 × 5.5 × 0.83 inPublished:November 1, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250105889

ISBN - 13:9781250105882

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Unique Book A very unique idea. I loved the concept but some parts were a bit strange. It was very easy to read and I was able to finish it in a day.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "We live each other's lives together." I was first drawn to this book by its intriguing, and frankly silly, premise - a goldfish plummeting from the window of an apartment building. I quickly realized as I read it, however, that this is a singular and unique read. The novel shifts quickly between the perspectives of various inhabitants of the building, as well as the unfortunate goldfish who repeatedly, and unaffectedly, remembers his predicament due to his short memory span. Eventually, these separate stories mingle and mix. Not only is "Fishbowl" witty and full of moments that actually had me laughing out loud, it also features vibrant, surprising and diverse characters. Ultimately, though, it illuminates the idea that everyone "lives each other's lives together", told through the surprisingly poignant view of a goldfish plummeting from a 27th floor window.
Date published: 2017-02-18