Chloes by Dean Garlick

Hey, sooooo what happened? One day, I’m reading like it’s my day job, basically being a bad blogging betch all over the internet, and the next minute… poof! Gone. Without even a wisp of smoke. I’ll explain later. But before my Chris Angel-level evaporation, I was graciously given a new novella to read… and then unlocked the magic of Jumanji on my life but never fear! Robin Williams is here We’re totally back on track.

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Chloes, by Montreal writer Dean Garlick, details the strange occurrences in the life of a recently-dumped Chloe after adopting a parakeet who landed on her windowsill. Chloes features illustrations by Montreal artist Nicole Legault. The plot of this novella is actually quite pertinent to my current 2 month blog bail. Wouldn’t it be amazing if, in times of serious stress (me) or sadness (Chloe), you could split yourself up so that one of you could go and do all the necessary ritualistic rent-paying things while the other part of you can stay home and do all the soul-healing things? Garlick, you are onto something. It’s an insightful exploration of how we attempt to heal ourselves, even without being aware of it. And in this case, it takes the appearance of a gifted parakeet to unlock the real power of Chloe’s disassociation.

I read Chloes on the grass in my backyard in one sitting (novellas are awesome like that) and got a little bit of everything: humour, fantasy, profound mind melding, and above all a unique and curiosity-filled story to compliment a sunny day.

You can find Dean on twitter and his work here.

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