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American Whiskey Bar Paperback – September 1, 2004
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A daring reconfiguration of the fictional narrative.
Vancouver Magazine (Vancouver Magazine)
Brilliant . . . a dazzling, dizzying multilayered blend of fact and fiction, of the plausible and the preposterous, of the real and the hyper-real. It is also screamingly funny.
The Globe and Mail (The Globe & Mail)
Turner is probably the most original writer BC has produced in a generation.
Gerogia Straight (Georgia Straight)
Turner constructs an intense, intelligent, and darkly humorous satire. . . . Too original to be nominated for awards.
Quill & Quire (Quill & Quire)
Tightly packed . . . the book weaves its way in and out of various levels of reality. . . . There's a bright, playful mind at work here.
Toronto Star (Toronto Star)
. . . conflicts of class, race, gender, and sexuality erupt in hilariously schematic and surreal ways. Professing to be less than it is, it's a surprisingly haunting worka smutty Pale Fire that, through its dizzying strata of competing truths, may have more to say about our reality than it ever lets on.
Village Voice (Village Voice)
From the Publisher
When the book American Whiskey Bar first released in Canada in 1997, many people were confused, and one likes to think that Michael Turner, the author of more genre twists than perhaps any other canadian writer, was pleased.
Based on a screenplay Michael Turner was commissioned to make, eventually made in to a live tv experiment, denounced and acclaimed by many, American Whiskey Bar is trailed by a long shadow of weirdness.
Its now 2004. Far from losing momentum, the intrigue and mystery of this faux memoir/screenplay continues to fester. The circle grows wider and ensnares more and more readers. First, Quentin Tarantino, then William Gibson.
The latest victim: Daphne Gottlieb, the San Francisco performance poet and author of Final Girl packs her bags and heads up the coast to spend 10 days touring the I-5 with a man she hardly knows.
What she does know about Michael Turner:
He wrote The Pornographers Poem.
Michael Turner once recieved a grant from Viacom which he used to make a porn film set to poetry.
He can be an unreliable narrator.
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