Mount Pleasant by Don Gillmor

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It’s a great social novel, of the kind people are often complaining we don’t have enough of, but it’s also a tragicomedy of manners tinged with a real sense of loss.
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In middle age, debt has become the most significant relationship in Harry Salter's life. He was born to wealthy parents in leafy and privileged Rosedale, at a time when the city was still defined by its WASP elite. But nothing in life has turned out the way Harry was led to expect. He's unsure of his place in society, his marriage is crumbling, his son is bordering on estranged, and on top of it all his father is dying.
 
As he sits at his father's bedside, Harry inevitably daydreams about his inheritance. A couple of his father's millions would rescue him from his ballooning debt--maybe even save his marriage. But when the will is read, all that's left for Harry is $4200. Dale Salter's money is gone. Out of desperation and disbelief, Harry starts to dig into what happened to the money. As he follows a trail strewn with family secrets and unsavory suspicions, he discovers not only that old money has lost its grip and new money taken on an ugly hue, but that his whole existence been cast into shadow by the weight of his expectations.

 

About Don Gillmor

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DON GILLMOR is the author of the bestselling, award-winning 2-volume history of Canada, "Canada: A People's History," and 2 other books of non-fiction, T"he Desire of Every Living Thing," a "Globe and Mail" Best Book, and "I Swear by Apollo." His debut novel, "Kanata," was published in 2010 to critical acclaim. He has also written 9 books for children, 2 of which were nominated for a Governor General's Award. He is one of Canada's most accomplished journalists, and has been a senior editor at "Walrus "magazine and a contributing editor at both "Saturday Night" and "Toronto Life." He has won 10 National Magazine Awards. He lives in Toronto with his wife and 2 children.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by Random House Canada. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sarah Hampson on Mar 29 2013

Read this book, and laugh. Debt is the new death. We all experience it, and we all have to face it – eventually. But who knew it could be such a delightful page-turner?

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Reviewed by Alex Good on Apr 03 2013

It’s a great social novel, of the kind people are often complaining we don’t have enough of, but it’s also a tragicomedy of manners tinged with a real sense of loss...

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Reviewed by Alex Good on Mar 28 2013

It’s a great social novel, of the kind people are often complaining we don’t have enough of, but it’s also a tragicomedy of manners tinged with a real sense of loss.

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