Set in the sub-cultural heartland of Toronto’s Queen Street West, Too Much on the Inside explores the depths of human connection as the lives of four people in their twenties converge with the impossible task of escaping their pasts in Brazil, Israel, South Africa, and Nova Scotia. They wrestle with love, heartbreak and angst while trying to build new identities.
Too Much on the Inside is an authentic amalgam of relationships and perseverance, in the tradition of Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, Camilla Gibb’s The Petty Details of So and So’s Life, and J.M.
Coetzee’s Disgrace, illuminated with the author’s own unique insights "Botha has created a megamix of voices searching to belong in a big city gone sideways…a medley for the post-apocalyptic future that never came.” – Cathleen With, author of Having Faith in the Polar Girls Prison “Botha’s new novel is a kind of bouquet — a vase full of life snippets from Toronto’s late-night world. Sweet and sharp, musky and startling, and full of yearning, the lives of these recent arrivals mingle together to create a vivid sense experience. Too Much On The Inside is an easy read in the best sense of the word: pacy, deftly plotted, hugely enjoyable.” -Richard Scrimger, author of Mystical Rose “Danila Botha’s writing is both tenderhearted and sharp in all the best ways. In Too Much on theInside there is so much to admire.” – Zoe Whittall, Author of Bottle Rocket Hearts