It’s great to see Bernice Friesen’s novel Universal Disorder selected for Quill and Quire‘s list of 2020 Book of the Year: Industry Picks, as selected by reviewers, booksellers, and other industry folks.
The voice of Charlie throughout this story is brilliantly crafted as we follow him from childhood to adulthood, and experience with him the challenges of his mental disorder, the delight (and sense of security) he finds in numbers, his complicated relationships with family and friends, and his struggle and genius in navigating through it all. An unforgettable and compassionate novel.
Thanks to Kieran Leblanc, Book Publishers Association of Alberta, for championing Universal Disorder! You can find the full list of the 2020 Quill and Quire Books of the Year: Industry Picks here.