Phreak – Coming 04/20/2020

AUTHOR: J. E. Solo
GENRE: Fiction
FORMAT: Paperback, audio and e-book
DIMENSIONS: 5.5 X 8 inches
PAGES: 260
ISBN: 978-1-989587-00-3 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-989587-01-0 (e-pub)
RELEASE DATE: 04/20/2020
AUDIOBOOK RELEASE: 2020

In an alternate, near-future world where corrupt government and corporate interests rule the smallest details of Island life, an unusually sensitive child is born. Navigating a landscape of ecological devastation and botched genetic modification experiments, the child’s survival depends upon their heightened senses and the skills they learn at the knee of their life-hacking father. Will it be enough? As they cross the threshold of adulthood the collapse of Island society draws close and they must act in order to protect what they love.

A richly detailed and compelling first novel, Solo deftly layers satire and social commentary to create a powerful story of resilience and survival.

“This book hacked my mind and modified the way I see my city. A sweeping, crusty feat of biting, Nostradamic wisdom. An imaginative force. A dirty mirror held up with tough love. A warning.” Terry Doyle, Author of Dig (2019 Breakwater Books)

“Phreak is an urgent, evocative novel. It’s a treatise on the dangers of our capitalist, resource-driven economy and a warning of what our future could be if we don’t take action. Phreak is a call to resistance and a reminder that individuals can fight against corrupt systems. The world in this book is imagined but shockingly familiar. St. John’s and Newfoundland are like a second protagonist, with a voice and character that shines through the pages. JE Solo has sent us a warning in this novel, but has done it with humour and heart. This book is a quick witted, word-playing journey that gives us what we all need right now: hope.”
Susie Taylor, author or Even Weirder Than Before (2019 Breakwater Books)

“Phreak is a masterfully written post-dystopian tale — a “what if”, multi-lessoned story that, once injected under the reader’s skin, stays in one’s system long after the book has ended. A brilliantly crafted first novel by Fresh Fish finalist JE Solo.”
Poet and comedian, E.B. Reid

J. E. Solo is an award winning writer, multi-disciplinary performance artist, and composer whose artistic practice is focussed on creating universes, building worlds and merging the real with the virtual. Solo’s work explores humanity’s tenuous connection to nature and juxtaposes the evolution of modern technology against the fragility of living things.

JE’s recent accolades include an ECMA in 2017; Media Arts Prize and Dramatic Script Prize, Arts and Letters 2011, 2013; Linda Joy Award, Atlantic Film Festival for the script “the machine”, 2012. JE Solo’s fiction, articles and essays have been published in Room Magazine, Write On Journal, the Newfoundland Quarterly, Canadian Theatre Review, Switch Magazine, among others. Her first novel, Phreak was short-listed for WANL’s 2017 Fresh Fish Award and is being published this year by House of Zolo