books

Like I Care (novel). Toronto: Tightrope Books,  2012.

Like I Care is set in Vancouver an hour or two into the future, when everything is just like it is now, apart from the invasion of monsters from Japanese Horror movies, the frequent earthquakes, and the army of scooter-riding Yé-yé girls taking over the streets. Arnold is a struggling real-estate agent who is going through a divorce from Linda, who is obsessed with Princess Diana. Lawrence, their neighbour, is a consultant who specializes in writing pointless mission statements. He’s plotting an affair with a young woman who belongs to a cannibal cult led by a chef who has created the perfect Canadian cuisine—eating the corrupt.  They’re all about to be transformed through the influence of legendary New-Age financier and evangelist of globalization Mitchell Morphus. Fear, uncertainty, disinformation: that’s the mantra of the 21st century, and Arnold and his friends are living it to the hilt.

“…A fast moving (and fast reading!) romp of a novel…does a great job of keeping lots of balls in the air as it follows a large cast of connected characters of different ages over the course of a couple of days in (mostly) Vancouver. Some of the plotlines are more absurd and active than others, which was fun, but what really propels the novel are the overdriven language of technology, slang, abbreviation, and late (post?) postmodernity. It’s a cracklingly vivid portrait of an exaggerated time and place, of strained families and young people struggling to find a direction” Steve Himmer, Necessary Fiction

The Work of Mercy (stories). Toronto: Thomas Allen, 2006

“…nine stories of remarkable intensity…Guppy’s characters are always vivid, familiar and surprisingly unpredictable” Canadian Literature 

Includes “Downwind”, short-listed for the Journey Prize for Fiction, and two stories selected for the Best Canadian Stories anthologies.

The Fire Thief (novel). Toronto: Thomas Allen, 2004

“Guppy’s narrative is conversational and accessible, and he successfully tackles the book’s heavy subjects without being didactic. I got caught up in the narrative and only realized later that he was juggling a love story, a thriller, and a keen political commentary about nuclear power and the self-loathing stewing in the hearts of white middle-class radicals”. The Georgia Straight

Understanding Heaven (poems). Toronto: Wolsak & Wynn, 2002

Short-listed for the Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry/B.C. Book Prize. Includes poems short-listed for the Scottish International Open Poetry Competition and the Lexicon (UK) Poetry Contest.

 

Blind Date with the Angel: The Diane Arbus Poems. Victoria: Ekstasis Editions, 1998. 

Blind Date with the Angel is a poetic tribute to the life and work of photographer Diane Arbus. Using language that is often as visceral and stark as the photographer’s famous images, Guppy invites the reader to explore the implications of replicating the human image and the impact of Arbus’ work on her subjects.