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The Marigold

Andrew F. Sullivan



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ECW Press
01 June 2023
The Marigold melds ecofiction with body horror as it weaves disparate storylines around a crumbling condo tower, its foundation plagued by a grotesque infection, and illustrates the precarious role of community and the fragile designs that bind us together.

In a near-future Toronto buffeted by environmental chaos and unfettered development, an unsettling new lifeform begins to grow beneath the surface, feeding off the past.

The Marigold, a gleaming Toronto condo tower, sits a half-empty promise: a stack of scuffed rental suites and undelivered amenities that crumbles around its residents as a mysterious sludge spreads slowly through it. Public health inspector Cathy Jin investigates this toxic mould as it infests the city’s infrastructure, rotting it from within, while Sam 'Soda' Dalipagic stumbles on a dangerous cache of data while cruising the streets in his Camry, waiting for his next rideshare alert. On the outskirts of downtown, 13-year-old Henrietta Brakes chases a friend deep underground after he’s snatched into a sinkhole by a creature from below.

All the while, construction of the city’s newest luxury tower, Marigold II, has stalled. Stanley Marigold, the struggling son of the legendary developer behind this project, decides he must tap into a hidden reserve of old power to make his dream a reality — one with a human cost.

Weaving together disparate storylines and tapping into the realms of body horror, urban dystopia, and ecofiction, The Marigold explores the precarity of community and the fragile designs that bind us together.

'One of the country’s most talented young writers.' — Globe and Mail

Imprint:   ECW Press
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9781770416642
ISBN 10:   1770416641
Pages:   360
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   No Longer Our Product

Andrew F. Sullivan is the author of novels The Marigold; The Handyman Method (co-written with Nick Cutter); Waste, a Globe and Mail Best Book; and the story collection All We Want Is Everything, a Globe and Mail Best Book and finalist for the Relit Award. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Reviews for The Marigold

Andrew F. Sullivan's The Marigold is a Cronenbergian Bonfire of the Vanities, a scalpel-sharp near-future thriller about an all-consuming city in thrall to greed and power, and the disparate creatures, human and otherwise, caught in its draintrap. A gripping tour-de-force torn from tomorrow's headlines. -- David Demchuk, author of Red X and The Bone Mother This impressively bleak vision of the near future is as grotesquely amusing as it is grim. -- Publishers Weekly Starred Review A bold dystopian novel that captivates with its dread and depth. The Marigold is unhinged literary horror that goes right to the source of decay. -- Iain Reid, award-winning author of I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Foe, and We Spread Andrew F. Sullivan's The Marigold grows a terribly plausible urban future from the capitalist wreckage of the modern 'world class' city and drowns it in a tide of Boschian chaos that folds apocalypses of body horror, techno-fascism, economic, and climate collapse into one roiling, angry wave that'll sweep you away with its narrative force. -- Indrapramit Das, author of The Devourers Andrew F. Sullivan's books delve into dark territories other writers are too timid to explore, finding nuance and emotional resonance in that stony soil. The Marigold has all the hallmarks of his past work while being something all its own, daunting and daring and just a little scary. -- Craig Davidson, bestselling author of The Saturday Night Ghost Club and Precious Cargo

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