Inside the Castle is proud to announce publication of Plats: A Novel, available now. BUY IT HERE Plats is the ornate debut novel by John Trefry. A hallucinatory meditation on life in Los Angeles by a schizophrenic consciousness, Plats turns a funhouse mirror on the banality of daily life in the relentless city landscape.

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Critical Impressions:
"The way in which the self notices the surrounding world, sees, notices one’s own self and inhabits a body that perceives so profoundly in language, is explored on a level that becomes haunting, unsettling, yet addicting... this book is both slow and urgent, mesmerizing and hallucinatory.”
-Janice Lee, author of "Damnation" and "The Sky Isn't Blue"

"Depersonalization and derealization are cardinal features of the schizophrenic experience. In Plats we enter into this anxiety-provoking, frightening world. It's a fascinating, disquieting journey.”
-Dr. Kayla Bernheim, author of "Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments"

"One of the most original meditations on sensory experience I can recall reading."
- Joe Milazzo, author of "Crepescule W/ Nellie"

In the tradition of the prose form-making of Michel Butor, Plats is a masonry text built of modular narrative elements and settings, a textual city to be explored by the reader, where in a single breath coexist dusty apartments and vacant beaches, reinvention and suicide, haunting and hiding, endless labor and crippling idleness, mint tea and storm waters.

The city changes secretly, behind layers of paint and pelts of mildew. Against this stagnant backdrop, inhabitants struggle to observe the passage of their lives.

With the hypnotic action of a rising and falling tide, the reader floats through a suite of interchangeable women looking for escape in place-names, in the changing minutiae of their skin and clothing, in the hydrological cycle of a seaside desert, and in the possibilities apparent in one another’s lives. They steal each other’s shoes, mail, apartments, and identities with the hope of getting one step closer to distinguishing themselves from the refuse of the unchanging city.