What an unexpectedly amazing book! This is not at all what I was expecting when I read the first page and found that the main character was a rather shady man of a dubious past, who may have been entirely deserving of his consequence. But as I got more and more involved in his story, and his stories, the more I became enamored with the complex emotional range of this novel. There were times when I was double checking to see if this author is really Canadian because this is not your typical Can Lit by any stretch of the imagination. It was amazing - although not for everyone - but amazing nonetheless.