This piece has a dreamlike, uncanny, and bizarre quality and displays Alexis’ strength and writing finesse.
It is set in Toronto Western Hospital’s ward. The ward centered on is the otherworldly version of the ward in the hospital.
The novella displays the corrosive atmosphere of fame, the irritating pettiness of literary poseurs and careerists as well as the fatally shooting reviewers whose only ability is to expressly fixate on their angle of interpretation.
It is a deep wellspring of literary art, and the final beauty of the mystery revealed at the end of the plot is mind-blowing.
Baddely, the main character, journeys to become a celebrated novelist. He discovers that accruements matter little and that what matters the most is his written words, however, the struggles to use his words in a way that coincides with his reality.