Synopses & Reviews
"Boday's genius is that of the storyteller." The Vancouver Sun
"Mordantly funny." National Post
"It's a risky endeavour for a writer to immerse himself in the world of a child. It's even more impressive when that writer is able to occupy the mind of a housewife in her mid-twenties and her older, philandering, and self-justifying husband. Buday achieves this juggling act with little apparent effort, shifting between storylines and perspectives with aplomb." Quill and Quire
Six-year-old Jack Kleins first day of school is also a day of radical changes: Jacks mother Lorraine learns that her husband, Ray, is having an affair, and that her secret love, Antoine Gaudin, the 65-year-old boarder in the basement, has committed suicide, leaving behind a suitcase full of money and a sack of gold teeth. Lorraines decision about what to do about the money, the gold teeth, and Rays infidelity will forever change her life and her family. This briskly paced, black-comic tale moves seamlessly between the distinct but overlapping worlds of a confused child, a mother immersed in 1960s youth culture, and a father who worships the fading Rat Pack and the indulgences it represents.
A dark, funny novel follows the adventures of an extremely dysfunctional family and the boy who seems to hover above it all as his relatives engage in every imaginable sin and foible of modern existence. Original.