Blood Fable

Blood Fable

by Oisin Curran
  • adventure
  • critically-acclaimed
  • english-from-canada
  • from-the-atlantic-canada
  • literary
Maine, 1980. A utopian community is on the verge of collapse. The charismatic leader’s authority teeters as his followers come to realize they’ve been exploited for too long. To make matters worse, the eleven-year-old son of one adherent learns that his mother has cancer. Taking refuge in his imagination, the boy begins to speak of another time and place. His parents believe he is remembering his own life before birth. This memory, a story within the story of Blood Fable, is an epic tale about the search for a lost city refracted through the lens of the adventures the boy loves to read. But strangely, as the world around them falls apart, he and his parents find that his story seems to foretell the events unfolding in their present lives.


Oisin Curran, author

Oisín Curran grew up in rural Maine. He received a BA in Classics and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University (where he was the recipient of a national scholarship and a writing fellowship), and a diploma in Translation (French to English) from Concordia University. He is the author of Mopus (2008) and was named a “Writer to Watch” by CBC: Canada Writes. Curran lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, with his wife and two children.


  • “Spliced through Blood Fable is a parallet story, the blood fable itself. Reading as a cross between Journey to the Centre of the Earth and the Bardo Thodol, the fable is, in the saddest of ways, the narrator’s justification for his own existence.” - Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail Link to review
  • “An ambitious undertaking, beautifully executed.” - David Pitt, Atlantic Books Today Link to review

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Book*hug



rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: Adult

number of pages: 248

publication date: 11/01/2017

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book