By Douglas Coupland
All households Are Psychotic is the 7th novel through Douglas Coupland, released in 2001. the unconventional is the fictitious tale of the dysfunctional Drummond relatives and their adventures on a visit to determine their daughter's house travel release.
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One level of ‘‘truth’’ is represented by the prostitute Joyce Lakeland. She is simultaneously the source of Lou’s evil, what has ignited the sickness, and the secret evidence the authorities will use to make Lou confess the truth, an evidence Lou has provocatively hinted at throughout his narrative. Throughout his narrative, Lou intimates that Joyce may have survived his attack; her possible survival and re-emergence as ‘‘evidence’’ makes her both present and absence in his narrative very much like the truth of evil Lou ostensibly is providing.
Standing there at the door of that room [watching Lottie cry], Mrs. Bascomb felt something strange come into her empty heart. As if it had been slowly seeping in and piling itself higher and higher against the barrier which shut it out from her life, it was there ... At the sound of Lottie’s disconsolate weeping it overﬂowed the barrier. (HSW, W 288; emphasis added) Here we witness a discrepancy between thematized and unthematized levels of the text. ’ ‘Life’ lets love in. ’ This is the thematized outcome of Her Son’s W ife.