Sev grows up on the seemingly idyllic shores of Lake Superior, where he learns to release his tensions through shadow boxing and writing stories. His small family struggles to cope with his charismatic but alcoholic father, but when his mother and brother abandon him for a life of luxury with a new man in Cairo, Sev is left as his father's only life-line. Heighton sensitively portrays the relationship between father and son, the unspoken bond that is severed only by the broken man's death. Spurred on to the bright lights of the city, Sev begins his career as a writer, joins the literati and falls in love. Heighton captures perfectly the everyday events that shape Sev's new identity, as old experiences must inform and shape the new. As this shifting and unstable life begins to disintegrate he retreats to a small and remote island on the Lake. Here he works on his novel, becomes stranded, and is transformed through incredible hardship which allows him to come to terms, finally, with his own history and identity. With this his first novel, Heighton proves himself to be firmly in the tradition of Canada's best contemporary authors.
Publisher: Granta Books