“Avi Silberstein’s stunning debut is gripping, disturbing, darkly funny, and impossible to put down. The writing is taut and spare, creating a sharply etched portrait of 1980s Chile. Triumphant.” — Carmen Aguirre, author of Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
“If The Boys From Brazil was written by Paul Auster, you’d have Human Solutions. Prepare for a one-sitting read.” — Robert Hough, author of Dr. Brinkley’s Tower, The Final Confession of Mabel Stark, The Stowaway, and The Culprits
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Winner of the 2015 Carver Emerging Writer Award.
Here’s an article that appeared in the Victoria Times Colonist.
To read a review from the Winnipeg Free Press, click here.
And we’ve made it onto CBC’s summer reading list.
Here’s my interview with”The Interruption” (a 49th Shelf / Books on the Radio collaboration).
I was interviewed on CBC Radio’s All Points West on December 17, 2014 (audio not available – you’ll just have to take my word for it!)
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Laura wants the weatherman to fall in love with her. Tibor wants revenge on the man who killed his parents. Marta wants her exiled lover smuggled back into the country. Sooner or later, they’ll all find their way to the offices of Human Solutions.
It’s 1973, and General Pinochet has forcefully taken the reins of Chile through a military coup. From one day to the next, Chileans have lost their liberties – there are curfews, restrictions, and swift crackdowns on any dissent. In the face of these constraints, a company emerged unlike any other, with a singular goal in mind: to find solutions where none seem to exist. For all practical purposes, there is no Human Solutions. It is, by necessity, a completely underground operation – run by an actor (Javier), a psychologist (Julio), and a private investigator (Rodolfo). With the help of a team of talented actors, they engineer social situations to meet the needs of their clients. But when Javier falls for a woman, he takes on a case that leaves him stranded inside the heavily guarded gates of a utopian cult, and at the mercy of its founder, Uncle Peter – a charismatic, manipulative ex-Nazi who was forced to leave his homeland for mysterious reasons. Without his Human Solutions team there to help him, Javier must devise a plan on his own, and execute it without a single misstep – there will be no second chances.
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AVI SILBERSTEIN is the Chilean-Canadian author of Human Solutions, and winner of the 2015 Carver Emerging Writer Award. He is a librarian in Nelson, British Columbia.
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