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Chris Eaton, A Biography
is a novel that arises from the idea that we have all been
driven, at some point, to Google ourselves. And if you did, what did you find?
That there are people out there who seem to have something in common with
you? Dates, places, interests? How coincidental are these connections? And what
are the factors that define a human life? We are the sum of our stories: Anecdotal
constructs. We remember moments in our pasts the way we remember television
episodes. In pieces. And we realize that our own memories are no more valid in the
construction of our identities than stories we've heard from others. Chris Eaton, A
constructs a life by using, as building blocks, the lives of dozens of other
people who share nothing more than a name, identities that blur into each other
with the idea that, in the end, we all live the same life, deal with the same hopes
and fears, experience the same joys and tragedies. Only the specifics are different.
From birth to death and everything in between, the narratives we share bring us
closer to a truth about what it means to be alive. To be you.
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Praise for Chris Eaton: A Biography:
...exciting and experimental writing with intelligence and soul.
– Alex Good, The Toronto Star
Nabokov could write about his back porch and make it interesting; Chris Eaton does much the same with his fellow Chris Eatons.
A hurtingly human story, something that suggests both the glorious uniqueness and inescapable connectedness of our lives.
– David Berry, National Post
In a publishing world besotted with fabricated memoirs and bogus celebrity
autobiographies, Chris Eaton: A Biography breaks new ground in the art of family
myth-making. Eaton combines world history, North American folklore, personal
memories and postmodern storytelling to create an intricate novel that can stand
alongside the work of both Mark Twain and Roberto Bolaño.
– Jason Boog, LA Review of Books
Chris Eaton: A Biography is a remarkable collection of randomness. I can't tell
what's true and what's not but I don't really care because ultimately it's an ingenious
look at our obsessions with identity framed by a grotesque overload of fascinating
information, tenderly lampooning our desire to be experts at everything under
the sun. One could say Chris Eaton has managed to invent a kind of super-ego by
distilling and compounding all the Chris Eatons that ever lived into an avalanche
of hilarious humanness.
– Charles Spearin, musician, Broken Social Scene
A wondrous Oulipian experiment of a book, Chris Eaton: a Biography is like Tristram Shandy turned inside out and anagrammatized; instead of Uncle Toby, Corporal Trim, and Dr. Slop, we have Chris Eaton, Chris Eaton, and Chris Eaton, not to mention Hornet Cisa, Tina Cerosh, and Tonia Hersc. Overflowing with Eaton’s esoteric histories, Chris Eaton still manages to be slyly cohesive and profound.
– Gabriel Blackwell, author of Shadow Man: A Biography of Lewis Miles Archer
Chris Eaton reaches for the impossible in his writing, creating
characters and situations that could never be – and yet you find yourself believing in these texts as deeply as if these were your
closest friends. These numerous “Chris Eatons” may or may not exist, but the real Chris Eaton always knows where the story is going. You’ll want to follow him all the way.
– Emily Schultz, author of bestselling The Blondes
Chris Eaton is a novelist and songwriter/musician from Sackville, New Brunswick,
currently living in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of two published novels
called the inactivist
and The Grammar Architect
, and a retrospective book of short
fiction called Letters to Thomas Pynchon
. He has also recorded a half dozen CDs
under the name Rock Plaza Central, including the critically acclaimed Are We Not
May 2013 | Fiction
6x9 inches | 328 pages
Trade Paper: 9781927040645