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Among the "five Canadian books you may not necessarily hear much about," but which "should be on reading radars everywhere"—The Globe and Mail
"Clear-eyed ... Robertson is no stranger to confronting unsavoury truths."—That Shakespearian Rag
Shortly after completing his sixth novel, Ray Robertson suffered a depression of suicidal intensity. Central to his recovery was the decision to try and answer two of the biggest questions we can ask. What makes humans happy? And what makes a life worth living?
His answers aren't what you might expect from a mental illness memoir - but they're exactly what you'd expect from Ray Robertson. With the vitality of Nick Hornby and a brashness all his own, Robertson runs his hands over life, death, intoxication and art. Unashamedly working-class and unabashedly literary, Why Not? is a rolling, rocking, anti-Sisyphean odyssey.