This eagerly awaited new novel from Trevor Cole combines the humour and sharp observations of contemporary life that he is known for with an irresistibly twisted premise, for fans of the quirkily macabre Six Feet Under and Dexter, and readers of Paul Quarrington, Miriam Toews, Jonathan Franzen, and, of course, Trevor Cole.
In his first two, GG-shortlisted novels, Trevor Cole proved himself a master of drawing us into the shadowy side of human nature with sharp observation and warm wit. In Practical Jean, he goes a step further: this is a darkly humourous and revelatory tale of an ordinary, small-town woman with the usual challenges of middle age — a do-nothing husband, a family that refuses to understand her — who realizes her fondest wish is to protect her dearest friends from the indignities of aging and illness. And that's when she decides to kill them . . .
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Jean Vale Horemarsh is content, for the most part, with the small-town life she’s built: a semi-successful career as a ceramics artist, a close collection of women friends (aside from that terrible falling-out with Cheryl years ago), a comfortable marriage with a kind if unextraordinary man. But it is only in watching her mother go through the final devastating stages of cancer that Jean realizes her true calling. No one should have to suffer the indignities of aging and illness like her mother did—and she, Jean Horemarsh, will take it upon herself to give each of her friends one final, perfect moment . . . and then, one by one, kill them.
Of course, female friendships are quite complicated things, and Jean is soon to discover that her plan isn’t as simple as she initially believed it to be.About the Author:
TREVOR COLE is the author of two acclaimed previous novels, Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and The Fearsome Particles, both of which were shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Practical Jean won the Stephen Leacock Award, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and a Globe and Mail Best Book. In 2013, Trevor received the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for his contributions to Canadian arts. Trevor is also an award-winning magazine journalist.
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Book Description McClelland & Stewart, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0771023251
Book Description McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. First Edition, first printing. Unread, perfect condition. Jacket protected by clear, removable mylar cover. Signed by the author on the title page, signature only. By the author of, Norman Bray In The Performance of His Life, and The Fearsome Particles, both listed for The Governor General's Award for Fiction, and the Impac Dublin Literary Award. ".the blackest comedy ever about the white middle class. Hilarious and heartbreaking." Bill Richardson. "Trevor Cole at his satirical best." Lynn Coady. Winner of the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, 2011. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 004006
Book Description McClelland & Stewart, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110771023251