Demographically, Iain Reid sits on the cusp of generation X, the “lost generation,” and generation Y, the “echo boomers” or millennials. That fact and the lengthy subtitle tell you what to expect of his 2010 memoir, One Bird’s Choice: A Year in the Life of an Overeducated, Underemployed Twenty-Something Who Moves Back Home. His follow-up, The Truth About Luck: What I Learned on my Road Trip with Grandma, has a similarly helpful subtitle. Those two widely acclaimed award-winners established Iain as a rising star, and in 2015 he received the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award.
His debut novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, is a gripping and beautifully written frightener that has been variously described as: an ingeniously twisted nightmare; a wall of intricately layered psychological torment; a road trip to the heart of creepiness; and an uncomfortable, but unputdownable read. This one elevates Iain Reid from emerging to fully emerged.