The Electric Boy acquired by Doubleday Canada
I’m thrilled to share the news that my novel The Electric Boy has been acquired by Doubleday Canada editor-in-chief Martha Kanya-Forstner. Martha has been a fierce champion of the manuscript, and I’m so thrilled to have her exceptional editorial insight and instincts as I work through the project. Over the years, she’s worked with a number of writers I admire, including fiction writers Vincent Lam, Wayson Choy, Camilla Gibb, Anthony DeSa, Michael Crummey, and Nino Ricci, and nonfiction writers James Orbinski, Michael Harris and Desmond Cole.
The Electric Boy tells the story of fifteen-year old Hunter McQuaid–son of Cal McQuaid, an emotionally-scarred veteran of Canada’s military mission to Afghanistan, and his delusional, dreamy wife Sasha. Hunter bears the weight of a wrenching secret he’s promised his father, all the while trying to keep his chaotic home life together. Life changes for Hunter when he develops an unlikely bond with enigmatic Pluto Downey, an older boy from his inner-city Halifax neighbourhood. At its heart, the novel is a coming-of-age story that explores themes of guilt, longing, love, difference, and the lingering effects of trauma.
Doubleday has acquired Canadian English-language rights to the book. My deepest gratitude to my stalwart agent Dean Cooke for arranging the deal, and to everyone at the Cooke Agency for believing in and supporting the work.