We’re thrilled to share that WE SPREAD by Iain Reid and SCARS AND STARS by Jesse Thistle are on Indigo’s list of Best Books of 2022 as part of a selection of their top 10 books

Congratulations, Iain and Jesse, on these two extraordinary books!

More about WE SPREAD:

The author of the “evocative, spine-tingling, and razor-sharp” (BustleI’m Thinking of Ending Things that inspired the Netflix original movie and the “short, shocking psychological three-hander” (The GuardianFoe returns with a new work of philosophical suspense.

Penny, an artist, has lived in the same apartment for decades, surrounded by the artifacts and keepsakes of her long life. She is resigned to the mundane rituals of old age, until things start to slip. Before her longtime partner passed away years earlier, provisions were made, unbeknownst to her, for a room in a unique long-term care residence, where Penny finds herself after one too many “incidents.”

Initially, surrounded by peers, conversing, eating, sleeping, looking out at the beautiful woods that surround the house, all is well. She even begins to paint again. But as the days start to blur together, Penny—with a growing sense of unrest and distrust—starts to lose her grip on the passage of time and on her place in the world. Is she succumbing to the subtly destructive effects of aging, or is she an unknowing participant in something more unsettling?

At once compassionate and uncanny, told in spare, hypnotic prose, Iain Reid’s genre-defying third novel explores questions of conformity, art, productivity, relationships, and what, ultimately, it means to grow old.

More about SCARS & STARS:

An Indigo exclusive edition of the beautiful and moving collection of poems and stories from the #1 bestselling memoir From the Ashes, featuring a special new afterword.

Fans of Jesse Thistle’s extraordinary debut From the Ashes have already had the pleasure of reading his poetry, which is sprinkled throughout this bestselling memoir. In Scars and Stars, he digs deeper into the poetic form, which is especially close to his heart.

Charting his own history, the stories of people from his past, the burning intensity of new and unexpected love, the complex legacies of family and community, and the beauty of parenthood, this collection is a profound mediation that expands his engagement with the ideas and experiences that have shaped his body of work thus far.

Throughout the collection, prose pieces complement the poems, and to bring readers into Jesse’s life with greater intimacy than ever before. The result is an unforgettable furthering of his singular story, one that is sure to delight his many readers, but also serve as a perfect entry point for those new to the work of one of our most thrilling and honest writers.

To see the full list of Indigo’s Best Books of 2022, please visit: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/best-books-of-2022/

Iain Reid and Jesse Thistle are each represented by Sam Haywood.