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The Space Between
Two wrongs may not make a right, but what about three?
jp Rodriguez's debut novel is an examination of what it means to live a modern life and the price of inaction in a world where chances at redemption and happiness are all too few.
Watched over by the majestic mountains of the Canadian west, the narrator came early to understand that every action creates a reaction, and what goes up comes downusually hard. So he's spent his life in an emotional straitjacket, living comfortably on the surface of things. Only once has he ever come close to betraying his philosophy, but he came to his senses before it was too late and left her.
At least that’s what he thinks until the morning he wakens to a violent and inexplicable nausea. Haunted by the love he threw away and his former lover's mysterious murder, he leaves his job and sets off in search of direction.
On an epic journey over land and sea, through past and present, his heart and mind struggle to find common ground. Mile by mile, he develops the justification for an act of deliberate violence and maybe his own redemption.
"...when Rodriguez is in the mood, The Space Between is drop-dead gorgeous and I found myself reading some passages over and over because of their effortless poetry. At other points, I felt trapped with the narrator, inside a kind of solipsistic seizure, a lonely paranoia that threatened to implode it ... an interesting debut from a writer we will surely see great things from."
ISBN 978-1-894917-88-9, $19.95 CDN/US, 288 pages, trade paper