Adam Lindsay Honsinger


A Novel

“The son of an “alcoholic, taxi-driving, amateur astronomer and a disillusioned manicurist”, Kepler Pressler – the anti-hero of Adam Honsinger’s startlingly assured first novel – does for the family-dysfunction 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

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 broad-strokes familiarity of the overarching narrative allows Kepler’s personal peculiarities – and Honsinger’s skills as a writer – to shine through … a novel that feels fresh, rich, and heavy with the thrum of life.” – Robert Wiersema, Quill & Quire

“admirably zany without ever tipping into quirk. The Winnipeg Review


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About the Author

Adam Lindsay Honsinger

ADAM LINDSAY HONSINGER is a Toronto-based writer and teacher. Many of his stories have appeared in literary journals such as Descant, Prism International, Other Voices, The Pottersfield Portfolio, and Exile Quarterly. Two of his stories were nominated for the Journey Prize, one of which won Silver at the 2010 National Magazine Awards. He has been fortunate to have studied under Michael Winter, Russell Smith, Wayson Choy and Annabel Lyon. He recently completed an MFA in creative writing at the University of Guelph.