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Using schizophrenia as a lens to scrutinize life in Los Angeles, PLATS, turns a funhouse mirror on the already psychedelic banality of the relentless city landscape.

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Reader Reviews:
“A cacophony of lyrical segments that pull you in and make you part of the story.”

“Filled with beautiful descriptions and intricate wordplay.”

“This is a must read for anyone looking for a fresh take on the literary novel.”

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In the tradition of the prose form-making of Michel Butor, ‘Plats’ is a masonry text built of modular narrative elements and settings, a textual city to be explored by the reader, where in a single breath coexist dusty apartments and vacant beaches, reinvention and suicide, haunting and hiding, endless labor and crippling idleness, mint tea and storm waters.

The city changes secretly, behind layers of paint and pelts of mildew. Against this stagnant backdrop, inhabitants struggle to observe the passage of their lives.

With the hypnotic action of a rising and falling tide, the reader floats through a suite of interchangeable women looking for escape in place-names, in the changing minutiae of their skin and clothing, in the hydrological cycle of a seaside desert, and in the possibilities apparent in one another’s lives. They steal each other’s shoes, mail, apartments, and identities with the hope of getting one step closer to distinguishing themselves from the refuse of the unchanging city.

Available for purchase at Inside the Castle.

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