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Into the Current
Into the Current

Into the Current

Daniel Solomon is not having a good day. Somewhere between Bangkok and Tokyo, zipping through the stratosphere, the jetliner on which he's travelling cracks open like an egg, ejecting Daniel and his fellow passengers into the great blue sky.

If only that were the worst of it.

Thousands of feet above the merciless Earth, still strapped into his seat, his cherished comics fluttering away like freed parrots, Daniel finds out what it means to have your life flash before your eyes.

Time stops, the wreckage of the plane freezes in place, postponing the inevitable end, and Daniel finds that he can transport himself back into his past. Re-experiencing his memories in real time, but helpless to change the present, he plunges into the detritus of his all-but-concluded life.

In this daring and often hilarious novel, Jared Young defies the laws of physics and the conventions of narrative to explore the twists and turns of great sex and bad decisions, chance and grand design, and the moments of truth that can turn disaster into a mere interruption on the horizon.


Jared Young grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and currently resides in Ottawa. His writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Bangkok Post, Ottawa Citizen, Maisonneuve, and the Walrus; it has also been anthologized in McSweeney's. He is the co-founder of Dear Cast and Crew (dearcastandcrew.com) and a creative director at the advertising agency McMillan.

"A vertiginous, disorienting thrill ride that marks the emergence of an excellent new voice." — Hal Niedzviecki

"Into the Current is a tornado of a quarter-life-crisis novel: a fast paced, funny, philosophical, international, unforgettable romp through sex, death, regret, and all the other small-and-large moments that make up a life cleverly remembered." — Todd Babiak

"The novel’s prose and structure, even its typography, are inventive. An incisive novel on gender and what it means to truly love someone." — The Globe and Mail

"Young has found a way to write what we are thinking, but don’t know quite how to say ourselves." — Atlantic Books Today

"With deft, addictive prose and description that is rich in all the right ways and places, Young’s narrative will affect anyone with even the tiniest penchant for self-reflective nostalgia." — Quill & Quire

"Philosophical, disturbing, and funny." — Ottawa Citizen

"It's an audacious concept, and debut author Young admirably runs with it to great effect. This novel is unquestionably a great deal of fun and a terrific read." — Publishers Weekly

378 pages
Pub date: September 20, 2016