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Fishbowl

Fishbowl

A Novel

Bradley Somer

St. Martin's Press

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A goldfish named Ian is falling from the 27th-floor balcony on which his fishbowl sits. He's longed for adventure, so when the opportunity arises, he escapes from his bowl, clears the balcony railing and finds himself airborne. Plummeting toward the street below, Ian witnesses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents.

There's the handsome grad student, his girlfriend, and the other woman; the construction worker who feels trapped by a secret; the building's super who feels invisible and alone; the pregnant woman on bed rest who craves a forbidden ice cream sandwich; the shut-in for whom dirty talk, and quiche, are a way of life; and home-schooled Herman, a boy who thinks he can travel through time. Though they share time and space, they have something even more important in common: each faces a decision that will affect the course of their lives. Within the walls of the Seville are stories of love, new life, and death, of facing the ugly truth of who one has been and the beautiful truth of who one can become.

Sometimes taking a risk is the only way to move forward with our lives. As Ian the goldfish knows, "An entire life devoted to a fishbowl will make one die an old fish with not one adventure had."

Bradley Somer's Fishbowl is at turns funny and heartbreaking and you will, no doubt, fall in love with his unforgettable characters.

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In Which the Essence of Life and Everything Else Is Illuminated



There's a box that contains life and everything else.

This is not a figurative box of lore. It's not a box of paper sheets that have been captured,...

Praise for Fishbowl

“Fishbowl is a marvelous portrayal of the tentative - and often funny - ways human beings muddle about trying to connect with one another.” —The Toronto Star

“Enjoyable touches of farce and wry asides abound, underscoring moments of reckoning in eccentric, yet deeply human, dilemmas.” —Publishers Weekly

“Somer has created well-developed characters and effectively transports the reader into their three-dimensional worlds. . . genuinely touching.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Somer's strengths as puppet master make Fishbowl an entertaining read, as he wrong-foots the reader with cliffhangers that draw his cast into a tightening net of intrigue, revelation, rescue and redemption . . . Somer tackles loneliness, life, love and death with wit and sensitivity.” —The Globe and Mail

“For all their eccentricities, these characters are united by a sense of desperation. . . The quaint lesson. . . is that people should take flight from the narrow confines of their fears and find adventure in the wider world of others.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Take the tumble with Ian. Perhaps like me you will fall, end over end, through these pages: expectant, engaged, enthused, curious, entranced, alarmed. Bradley Somer's captivating novel is a delight. I just loved it.” —Laura McBride, author of the #1 Indie Next Pick We Are Called to Rise

“An irrepressible novel--breezy, funny, sexy, and bursting with life. Bradley Somer has enormous affection and empathy for his cast of all-too-huma… More…

“Fishbowl is a marvelous portrayal of the tentative - and often funny - ways human beings muddle about trying to connect with one another.” —The Toronto Star

“Enjoyable touches of farce and wry asides abound, underscoring moments of reckoning in eccentric, yet deeply human, dilemmas.” —Publishers Weekly

“Somer has created well-developed characters and effectively transports the reader into their three-dimensional worlds. . . genuinely touching.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Somer's strengths as puppet master make Fishbowl an entertaining read, as he wrong-foots the reader with cliffhangers that draw his cast into a tightening net of intrigue, revelation, rescue and redemption . . . Somer tackles loneliness, life, love and death with wit and sensitivity.” —The Globe and Mail

“For all their eccentricities, these characters are united by a sense of desperation. . . The quaint lesson. . . is that people should take flight from the narrow confines of their fears and find adventure in the wider world of others.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Take the tumble with Ian. Perhaps like me you will fall, end over end, through these pages: expectant, engaged, enthused, curious, entranced, alarmed. Bradley Somer's captivating novel is a delight. I just loved it.” —Laura McBride, author of the #1 Indie Next Pick We Are Called to Rise

“An irrepressible novel--breezy, funny, sexy, and bursting with life. Bradley Somer has enormous affection and empathy for his cast of all-too-human characters (including the goldfish named Ian).” —Tom Perrotta, author of the New York Times bestseller The Leftovers

Fishbowl boasts an abundance of mordant whimsy fused to a bodhisattva's sensibility, as if the late Kurt Vonnegut Jr. had mysteriously found himself reincarnated as the fifteenth Dalai Lama and then continued to write epigrammatic novels.” —James Morrow, author of Galápagos Regained

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Bradley Somer

BRADLEY SOMER was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in Canada and holds degrees in Anthropology and Archaeology. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals, reviews and anthologies. His debut novel, Imperfections, published in Canada, won the 2013 CBC Bookie Award for debut of the year. Bradley currently lives in a little old house in the city of Calgary, Canada, where he works on his writing projects and tries to ignore the wild growth that his backyard has become.

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