How Jay Hosking used his PhD in neuroscience to write Three Years with the Rat

Jay Hosking knows a lot about rats. He understands their motivations and behaviour, and what makes their tiny brains tick.As a neuroscience graduate student at the University of British Columbia, Hosking worked with rodents in a research lab, studying their decision-making skills and teaching them how to gamble. It’s not surprising that his debut novel, Three Years with the Rat, wraps together science, psychology, mystery and yes, a rat.Set in Toronto, Three Years with the Rat follows a young, aimless man only known as “Little Brother” who moves to the city to be closer to his older sister, Grace, a highly intelligent psychophysics graduate student who appears to be losing her grip on reality.When Grace goes missing, followed by her boyfriend, John, the narrator discovers a large, handmade wooden box…


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