Most, if not all, of my stories are imbued with elements of the fantastic. I am drawn to this tendency because it is the freedom of fiction—to leaven a believeable reality with the possibility of magic—that inspires me.
Somewhere North of Normal October 23rd 2018
Venture to a place where reality bends: where a dying butterfly may inspire a revelation; where after being electrocuted, an artist’s body becomes a work of art; where a man may wake up after falling four stories to find himself face to face with his ten-year-old self. This outright defiance of that which we hold to be impossible is rooted in each story, not simply because fiction allows it, but because it is within the geography of the imagination that the lost souls of this collection attain transcendence and emotional reconciliation.
"Adam Lindsay Honsinger’s Somewhere North of Normal shows a writer wonderfully adept at a variety of styles - Jorge Borges meets Kurt Vonnegut meets Raymond Carver - all leavened with Honsinger’s own ironic voice in this collection of vividly imagined fictions."
"In Somewhere North of Normal, people strive to see clearly through distortions while encountering the mysteries that are other people and navigating trajectories that are bound to swerve. Adam Lindsay Honsinger renders this landscape of the strangely recognizable with intelligent acuity and a keen sense of the absurd."
It’s 1978, the year after Elvis Presley died, and Kepler Pressler is a sixteen-year-old Toronto kid with an obsessive attachment to his sock monkey, a tendency to burst into tears, a mother with a nail fetish and a fondness for Shakespeare, and a father who says he works for the Space Agency and disappears a lot. Is dad dead? And what exactly happened on Kepler’s 16th birthday? He is devoting a year to figuring it out in a mental health institute.
“The son of an alcoholic, taxi-driving, amateur astronomer and a disillusioned manicurist, Kepler Pressler—the anti-hero of Adam Lindsay Honsinger's startlingly assured first novel—does for the family-disfunction novel what Elvis did for rock 'n roll: he makes it bluesier, edgier, funnier, better.” Annabel Lyon
"Nervy, audacious domestic drama with the guile and electricity of a Presley hip swivel,
Gracelessland proves what many of us have long suspected: Honsinger is a writer of immeasurable
talent, and family is an affliction from which few recover." Nancy Lee
Silver medalist at the National Magazine Awards and nominated for the Journey Prize
When an entomologist and his brother find themselves trapped in an abandoned well in the outskirts of Paris, a failing marriage and the discovery of an extinct butterfly are eclipsed by the realization that the things we can't bring ourselves to say sometimes shape our relationships more than the things we do.
Still Life with Rotten Fruit
Other Voices 20:1
"There was no scream, just a flash, the lightening arc of your spine jolting backwards, the thump of your wet body hitting the stage, and a fine whisp of blue smoke rising from your lips into the darkness of the theatre."
Told through the shifting POV of three characters this tragic demise of a relationship attempts to find truth in a triangle of ego, art and sex.
A Crack in Everything
PRISM international 42:3
Nominated for the Journey Prize
A Crack in Everything follows two runaway brothers as they search for meaning and comfort in the alleys and squats of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
Red explores the relationship of two boys as they grapple with their cultural differences, friendship, family, and history.
Exile Quarterly 27:2
Another butterfly story, this time in the form of a tattoo on a stripper's breast. Details chronicles the failures and success of a philosophy student living on the streets of Vancouver.