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Written by Jordan Tannahill

  • 304 Pages
  • 9781487003784
  • 8" x 5.25"
  • FICTION / Gay
  • FICTION / Literary


Forthcoming January 20, 2018

At 11:04 a.m. on June 17, 2016, Jordan walks into his mother’s bedroom, concerned that she hasn’t yet wakened. As his eyes adjust to the half-light, he finds her lying motionless in bed with her mouth agape. In that instant he can’t tell whether she is asleep or dead, and finds himself plunging headlong into the dark heart of human consciousness, where uncertain revelation lies in wait. From androids to cannibals to sex clubs, an unforgettable personal odyssey emerges, populated by a cast of sublime outsiders searching for the ever-elusive nature of self.

Part ontological mystery, part millennial saga, Liminal is a riotous and moving portrait of a young man in uncertain times, a generation caught in suspended animation, and a son’s enduring love for his mother.


Jordan Tannahill

JORDAN TANNAHILL is an award-winning author, playwright, filmmaker, and theatre director. He is the winner of the Governor General’s Award for Drama for Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays and was shortlisted for the prize again for Concord Floral. He has twice received Dora Awards for Outstanding New Play. His play Botticelli in the Fire won the 2017 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best New Play and is currently being adapted into a feature by filmmaker Stephen Dunn. From 2012 to 2016, in collaboration with William Ellis, Tannahill ran the alternative art space Videofag, which became an influential hub for queer and avant-garde work in Canada. Liminal is his first novel and is being made into a feature length art film by the NFB and the National Theatre in the UK. Born in 1988 in Ottawa, Ontario, he now makes his home in London, U.K.