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The union of smokers

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  • Author: Scott, Paddy
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    2020
    Summary:

    Huckleberry Finn meets The Catcher in the Rye meets Ferris Bueller's Day Off in this outlandish debut novel. Kaspar Pine begins his day with a simple task: replace a pet canary. By day's end, as Kaspar is being loaded into an ambulance, he delivers one hell of a "theme essay," covering such subjects as his ability to source and catalogue the cigarette butts he harvests; information on maintaining the social order of chickens, along with general and historic farming details that run from Saskatchewan to Ontario; insinuating himself between other kids and people who wish to do them harm; fire marshalling; and his inability to maintain an essayist's cool detachment in the face of unrequited first love. The Union of Smokers details the heartfelt and heroic last day in the life of a reluctant, irreverent, and oddly wise hero. "A narrative voice that gets in your head and proves unforgettable, [and] a story that manages to be utterly devastating and uplifting at once." —Kerry Clare

    Subject(s): Fiction | Literature
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9781988784489
    Collection(s)/Series: Leacock Medal 2021