House of Large Sizes
Once in a while a novel comes along that is very different.
House of Large Sizes is such a novel. A dysfunctional, sexually addicted and inauthentic little family finds its failings coming to a head when one member decides to deal with his pain directly and heads to New Orleans for an unsanctioned sex change.
They all end up in The French Quarter—in ‘the sump of America’—and a great mythic Jambalaya of horrors are visited upon them as a venomous and self-professed witch threatens to run amok. House of Large Sizes is a rare but extraordinarily ‘readable’ literary work, which draws from multiple genres to produce its sometimes shocking and laser-like effect on the imagination.
An extraordinary family story, rendered with delicious irony, mingled with kinky sex, Haitian magic, and suspense. It takes a great author to do that with style. Ian Graham Leask did.
Ambitious and startlingly brave, House of Large Sizes is a big-hearted novel that tells the story of sexual addiction and emotional growth. Set in the Twin Cities, London, and New Orleans, Ian Graham Leask brings these places to shimmering life even as he delves into the private desires of unforgettable characters who call these places home. This is a novel that is transatlantic, transgender, and above all, transformative. Storytelling at its best, this is a timely and necessary book.
‘You cannot hide in a laugh, only in laughter’ Ian Graham Leask writes in House of Large Sizes. The truth is, there’s nowhere to hide in this fiction, even if there’s plenty of room to laugh. Leask has written a rollicking rickshaw of a novel, hauled around by the author’s profound intelligence, acerbic wit, and deep morality. This novel is sexy and sad, too. The work of an expert storyteller uninhibited by any pretense. Do yourself a favor and hide away in these pages for a while.
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"New Orleans has always seemed to me like a good analogy for the underworld, and began looking for elements to support the story of a younger brother who follows his older brother to Hades to stop him undergoing unsanctioned gender reassignment. I had no idea what I was in for!
After barely sleeping for a week, and having extraordinary dreams, I got myself back to Minneapolis and during an intense period of marital upheaval, marathon running and teaching, I began work on a draft.
Ian Graham Leask
Ian Graham Leask’s House of Large Sizes is that rare find, a novel that combines the pulse of compulsive readability with the grit of psychological acumen. At once funny, sharp, wise, and even shocking, House of Large Sizes makes us examine some of the most pressing questions of our time, including how far we’re willing to go, both in literature and in life. This is a novel that is meant to keep you awake.
Once in a while a novel comes along that is very different. House of Large Sizes is such a novel. A dysfunctional, sexually addicted and inauthentic little family finds its failings coming to a head when one member decides to deal with his pain directly and heads to New Orleans for an unsanctioned sex change.