John arrives in a Montreal airport with a suitcase in hand. We do not know where he is from, or who he is. The novel sets out to explore his identity by following his daily movements and intimate thoughts, as well as his connections to those coming into contact with him. He writes his own reflections and impressions in a notebook which he carries with him at all times.
The story unfolds through non-linear narrative connections that flow across city blocks, continents and oceans, and meander in and out of characters’ minds, dealing with questions of displacement, identity and meaning.
"Adrift is a soulful read with a brand of acceptance that is uncommon in an era of intolerance."
“Adrift pushes at the limits of possibility by asking the reader to accept the impossible…In so doing, it reveals a reality of a higher order, a plane of existence upon which all of us are connected, however alienated our experience of the world might be. Like a Murakami novel, Adrift mixes the spectacular with the mundane to highlight the wondrous qualities of ordinary reality.”
—Maple Tree Literary Supplement
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About the Author
Loren Edizel was born in Izmir, Turkey and has lived in Canada most of her life. One of her novels, Izmir Hayaletleri (The Ghosts of Smyrna), was published in Turkey in 2008 by Senocak Yayinlari (trans. Roza Hakmen) and a short story "The Conch" appeared (Nov 2009) in Turkish translation as part of an anthology entitled Kadin Öykülerinde Izmir (Izmir in Women's Stories). "The Imam’s Daughter" was published in Montreal Serai. Adrift, her second novel, was published by Tsar Books in 2011. She has recently completed a collection of short stories under the working title “the confession”. She currently lives in Toronto with her husband and children.