Imperfections by Bradley SomerImperfections by Bradley Somer

Imperfections

byBradley Somer

Paperback | September 15, 2012

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Richard Trench finds himself with no arms and no legs, reduced to a torso in the trunk of a car. There is a reason. It all makes sense. The point is there somewhere . . .

Imperfections elucidates the private lives of supermodels and circus freaks, sheiks and designer dominatrixes and the metamorphosis of the body chic. These are lives where the importance of vehicular mephitis-cide, a charity lobster boil for burn victims, a grilled-cheese sandwich with the face of the Virgin Mary toasted on it and a prophecy about the uncanny deaths of the voice-actors for Tigger and Piglet, can not be overlooked.

Set in the world of glittering photo shoots in exotic locations, extreme visions of beauty and raucous fashion shows, Imperfections is a genre-bending novel that sits solidly in the foggy area between fact and fiction.
Bradley Somer was born in Sydney, Australia. He moved to Canada in the early 1980s where he later attended the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. Somer's writing has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies over the past ten years, highlighting a bent for fiction with a touch of the urban fantastic. He live...
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Title:ImperfectionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:September 15, 2012Publisher:Nightwood EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889712719

ISBN - 13:9780889712713

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Brilliant Satire IMPERFECTIONS is a brilliant book, a clever and highly entertaining satire that challenges our perceptions of beauty. Author Bradley Somer shares Chuck Palahniuk’s penchant to write about the unthinkable and John Irving’s ability to build a cast of quirky characters who are both off-putting and loveable. This book is getting awesome reviews in Canada, and I can see why. It’s also a fabulous read for a book club, as there is much to discuss…from labiaplasty to maneuvering in airplane bathrooms (and of course, the satirical treatment of the beauty industry).
Date published: 2013-03-04

Editorial Reviews

[Imperfections] juxtaposes perfection and freakishness (ironically, the carnival freaks have been made freakish artificially); it explores what it is to live and not to have really lived; and it examines the ideas of predestination and fate. The paradoxes multiply: In one sense, events seem to occur utterly by chance--by fluke, even. But within the context of the novel, the threads seem interwoven.
--Event magazine