From the Back Cover:
Incorporating both pathos and humour, this is the heart-warming story of a unique contemporary relationship.
In this novel, one of Canada’s most widely-read authors demonstrates his notable talent for revealing the drama of everyday life. With intense, vigorous prose, Matt Cohen describes the rugged landscape of southeastern Ontario, and the lives of the people who live there–both of them imbued with a vitality that can never be completely suppressed. Kitty Malone, facing the threat of a dangerous operation, holds on to a determined courage. Hard-drinking Pat Frank, struggling with a quickly-tarnishing vision of himself, remains a survivor. And Ellen Malone, Kitty’s mother, works her way through illness to a discovery that there is, indeed, a reward for it all…
Combining significant moments of the past with vivid details of the present, Cohen creates a colorful world which has as its centre the love between two thoroughly realized characters: Kitty and Pat. As they move through personal cycles of hope and despair, violence and tenderness, their lives eventually become an illustration of the larger and more universal patterns that shape human existence.