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Why was John Colapinto's Undone rejected by 40 publishers?

They say sex sells, but that didn't sway publishers who turned down John Colapinto's envelope-pushing novel, Undone.
John Colapinto's a best-selling author, but U.S. publishers shied away from his new book. Find out why. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

They say sex sells, but that didn't sway the dozens of publishers who turned down John Colapinto's intentionally provocative novel, Undone.

The New Yorker journalist and best-selling author has penned a smart, cynical and entertaining novel — but the distressing sexual behaviour contained within made it untouchable in the United States.

Now that a Canadian publisher (and the author's own chutzpah) have turned the situation around, Colapinto joins guest host Gill Deacon to discuss the themes that made the book 'radioactive'.

Can you stomach John Colapinto's envelope-pushing new novel, Undone? (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

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