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By Michael Helm
A neuroscientist walks out of her life, intending to blow the whistle on a pharmaceutical company and its creativity drug gone wrong. A graduate school dropout is hired to decode the work of a mysterious internet poet who writes about murders with an inexplicably precise knowledge of private details. And a virologist discovers her identity has been stolen by a conceptual artist. Ali, James, and Celia exist in worlds where implausibilities that once belonged to science fiction or dystopian visions are real or impending.
Set in great cities, remote regions, and deadly borderlands, After James gestures toward the gothic horror story, the detective novel, and the apocalyptic. Science and art become characters, and secrets form in the codes of genetic sequences, poems, and the patterns of political violence. Amid these echoes, a larger mystery arises, delivering us into the troubling wonder of the present world.
Michael Helm is the author of the novels Cities of Refuge, a Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Award finalist, a Giller Prize nominee, and a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year; The Projectionist, a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Award; and In the Place of Last Things, a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His writings on fiction, poetry, and the visual arts have appeared in several North American magazines, including Brick, where he’s an editor. He teaches at York University in Toronto and lives in semirural Ontario.To see more of our new and upcoming titles click here