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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (Feb. 18 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459701275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459701274
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.8 x 21.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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The book is a mystery of sorts, but carries the reader along with humour & entertaining dialogue, rather than stressful tension. The protagonist, Halbman, is a wreck...a funny wreck trying in his own lost way to make a strange sense of his life. The interesting plot never lags. The book is also a love story for Montreal. You won't have to have lived there, but you'll appreciate the visit.
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By Patti on Aug. 31 2013
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A warm and humourous ride through the changes wrought in Montreal - the once glorious days of the Expos baseball team, the aftermath of a marriage break-up and the rebooting of a relationship with adult children. The book balances both a tender and acerbic tone, which makes the characters so human and relatable. I also bought this book for two men, who loved the Expos and enjoyed the references therein.
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In an attempt to make sense of his life and remember what he has lost, Mort returns again and again to the ruin of his former house. It's his compulsion to revisit the site, that makes him a suspect in an arson investigation!

We follow poor Mort as he tries to reconcile with the past and a present that includes baseball, gay marriage, orthodox Judaism and arson. The plot twists and turns with absurdity and humor...the age-old Jewish survival mechanism.
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This is the second novel by Rotchin that I have read and enjoyed. The novel is grounded in characters that are three-dimensional, realistically observed and creatures of their social environment, yet who are capable of surprising us in convincing ways. I find that novelists who have a passion for a city and who intertwine the lives of their characters with the fortunes of the places they live in make for good reading. Halbman is a fully realized character. he isn't by any means morally superior, and he has many faults, but he is not complacent. There is a quality of upward moral striving that I liked about him.The plot has pace and rhythm and humour in the right places. Rotchin's first novel, Rent, explored one area of Jewish Montreal. Halbman represents another area. Anyone who has read Mordecai Richler's books will surely feel his presence in Rotchin's novels.
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By Anna on Jan. 28 2013
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I really enjoyed getting to know the main character Mort and about the quirky struggles in his relationships. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. The book also provides great descriptions about Montreal and its once vibrant clothing trade.
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