Gordon Sheppard

Writer, Photographer, Filmmaker

“One of the most extraordinary works of literature” – Laurence J. Kirmayer

This is one of the most extraordinary works of literature I have ever read. Although I have worked in the field of cultural psychiatry and suicidology for close to 20 years, I came away from this book feeling that my understanding and appreciation of suicide, Qu├ębec and Canadian society and, indeed, the human condition had all been immeasurably deepened. But this does not do justice to the pleasure HA! has given me as a work of art. Simply put, this book is magisterial: playfully conceived, deeply felt, and brilliantly executed.

– Laurence J. Kirmayer, Professor & Director of the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry,McGill University