Guy Boucher, a fatherless teenager oppressed by the boredom and poverty of rural Nova Scotia, is dominated by his monstrous uncle, Isadore - alcoholic, capriciously violent and preternaturally vital. Isadore, who is permitted to board with Guy and his mother in exchange for the use of his red pick-up truck, is determined to make a man of Guy by forcing him to drink and play hockey.
Guy dreams that access to the truck will be enough to attract a girlfriend from nearby Big Harbour. But when an awkward courtship turns sour, Guy touches off a sluggish tumult of violence fuelled by malice, booze and suffocating ennui.
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"Sharply written, intelligently layered... It's themes are all dealt with in impressive detail" ( Guardian)
"A brilliant new voice in Canadian literature" (David Adams Richards)
"Rich and vibrant... Brilliantly written... In Isadore, Coady has created a memorable character. She is a rare talent" ( Ireland on Sunday)
"Coady's achievement here in depicting small-town rumour as an almost elemental force is matched by the complexities of her character-making and by a rare restraint and control" ( Time Out)
'Coady not only understands the passions of small-town life; she feels the comedy too' - Observer
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Book Description AMERICAN HLTH CARE ASSOC, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099442051