• “Hilarious social satire of daily life among the young and nihilistic … a winner of a debut” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Darbyshire plumbs the murky regions of the soul in a novel of dark brilliance.” — Booklist
  • “A consummate critique of all the creeping human weaknesses, counterfeit values and trend-driven desires that steadily erode our hopes for meaning and purpose” — The Globe and Mail
  • “It’s like an episode of Seinfeld in which all the characters are George … it’s must-read TV” — CTV
  • “Like sitting with Charles Bukowski in Edward Hopper’s diner” — The Ottawa Citizen

The first book from Peter Darbyshire, which won Canada’s ReLit Award for Best Novel. In short, sharp episodes, Please chronicles the life of a young man who drifts through a hallucinatory urban world filled with celebrity wannabes, addictive relationships and jobs that demand he become someone else. This terse, savage debut fuses the quiet desperation of Raymond Carver with the absurdity and media-savvy irony of Quentin Tarantino. At the same time, Please has a compassionate heart: It’s a moving portrait of one man’s attempt to embrace something real in his life. Here’s an X-ray of our times from a writer of extraordinary restraint, skill and wit.

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