Isabel Waidner: Corey Fah Does Social Mobility
This is the story of Corey Fah, a writer on the cusp of a windfall, courtesy of the Social Evils prize committee, for whom the actual gong—and with it the prize money—remains tantalizingly out of reach.
Neon beige, with UFO-like qualities, the elusive trophy leads Corey, with partner Drew and surprise eight-legged companion Bambi Pavok, on a spectacular detour through their childhood in the Forest—via an unlikely stint on reality TV. Navigating those twin horrors, through wormholes and time loops, Corey learns—the hard way—the difference between a prize and a gift.
Both radiant and revolutionary, Isabel Waidner’s fiction gleefully takes a hammer to false binaries, boundaries and borders, turning walls into bridges and words into wings. Fierce, fluid and funny, they free us to imagine another way of being.
This is a novel about coming into one’s own, the labour of love, the tendency of history to repeat itself and the pitfalls of social mobility. It’s about watching TV with your lover.