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Charlie Bellerose leads a seminomadic existence, traveling widely to manage the language academies he has established in different countries. After separating from his wife, he moves from Madrid back to his native Canada to set up a new school, and for the first time forges a meaningful relationship with his older brother Nate, who is going through a vicious divorce. Charlie concentrates on making a fresh start in Toronto but longs for his twelve-year-old daughter, Ava, with whom his relationship, maintained via periodic Skype conversations and occasional overseas visit, seems to be increasingly strained. After a chance encounter with a girlfriend from his university days, a woman now happily married and with children of her own, he works through a series of memories—including a particularly painful one they share—as he reflects on questions of family, home, fatherhood, and love. But two tragic events (one long past, the other very much in the present) threaten to destroy everything he’s ever believed in.

After two acclaimed historical novels, one of Canada’s most celebrated young writers now gives us the vibrant, contemporary story of a man studying the suddenly confusing shape his life has taken and what his responsibilities—as a husband, a father, a brother, and an uncle—truly are.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A page turner, a book so hard to put down I read it in two evenings.…The characters Bock imagines and creates—adults and children, Canadians and Spanish—seem like people we know already with their peccadilloes and charms, even though Bock has such fresh insight into human behavior.…The story is sad yet hopeful, brisk yet thoughtful, reflecting Bock’s generous talents as a storywriter.”

    Toronto Star

  • “A beautiful and multi-layered novel. . . The natural, understated elegance of Bock’s prose quickly becomes quite addictive. His narrator’s conversational style contributes to a delicious feeling of intimacy, as though we’re listening to a good friend.”

    Winnipeg Free Press

  • “Finely crafted, disarmingly casual prose that quietly penetrates the reader’s mind and heart.…On one level, the novel captures the difficulty men have reading woman; on a deeper level, Bock plumbs issue of memory, moral responsibility, and what constitutes a man’s real love for a woman.”

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About the Author

Dennis Bock is a Canadian novelist and short-story writer. His books include Olympia, The Ash Garden, The Communist’s Daughter, and Going Home Again, short-listed for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Dennis teaches at the University of Toronto and the Humber School for Writers and lives with his two sons.