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Marc Herman Lynch

Marc Herman Lynch is a first-generation immigrant of paternal French and maternal Chinese descent. He lives in Calgary, Alberta where he is a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary. He is the president of Filling Station magazine. Lynch completed his MA degree at the University of Calgary in 2013. He describes his thesis “I Am Atlas” as a metafictional novel that investigates disembodiment and body politics.


Arborescent: A Novel

Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Ma misses the sun, warmth and colors of their faraway homeland, but her daughter sees magic in everything — the clouds in the winter sky, the “firework” display when she throws an armful of snow into the air, making snow angels, tasting snowflakes. And in the end, her joy is contagious. Home is where family is, after all.

In the beltline of a run-of-the-mill Canadian metropolis, an apartment complex called Cambrian Court has become the focal point of an outlandish unfurling, where even the laws of physics are becoming questioned. Embroiled within this psychic plot are three neighbours – Nohlan Buckles, Hachiko Yoshimoto, and Zadie Chan – complete strangers whose ordinary lives have become rife with bizarre antagonists: an ogrish landlord, a fanatical romantic, a psychic horticulturalist. The further they are drawn into this otherworld the more reality becomes suspect: Nohlan is convinced he’s turning into a tree; Hachiko’s staging of a kabuki comes to life; and Zadie unwittingly begins to produce doppelgangers. Distant at first, they come to realize just how dependent and intertwined their lives are.

In Marc Herman Lynch’s debut novel, some people explode, and others come back to life, but at the heart of it all are the fleeting yet indelible connections we make with one another. Darkly funny, lyrically charged, and gothically absurd, Arborescent is a raw and brilliantly imagined depiction of our disconnected contemporary world.


Marc Herman Lynch personal website

Publisher Arsenal Pulp Press