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Last Resort by [Barclay, Linwood]
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In the mid-'60s, when Linwood Barclay was around 11, his father's once-thriving career in commercial art dried up as photography began to take over advertising. "Dad became the equivalent of a modern-day blacksmith," he remembers. His mother, always "looking for a way to embrace her love for trailers more intimately," suggested the idea of a tourist business as a fallback position: a trailer park or a place combining trailers and cottages. The search for a place began--and ended--at Green Acres, on Pigeon Lake in the Kawartha Lakes, Victoria County, Ontario: 10 acres, 400 feet of shoreline, cottages and spaces for about 20 trailers. Barclay's life was about to change forever.

Last Resort is the humorous and bittersweet retelling of Barclay's coming of age at Green Acres. It is the story of unforgettable childhood summers at the camp: the endless and passionate pursuit of girls; adventures with boats, with buddies, and with a half-crazed, boat-chasing, wave-biting mutt; classic fishing expeditions; the discovery that meaningful and lasting friendship is possible between a child and an adult. Yet for Barclay, the years at Green Acres would also become a moving object lesson in the art of growing up. Family crises and dysfunction abound. His combative mother gives up driving "on principle" after receiving a traffic ticket; a brother's life is circumscribed by his struggle with mental illness; and his father's failing health and early death catapults a 17-year-old Linwood into a world of adult concerns and responsibilities. Last Resort is memorable for its quirky mix of irreverent humour, nostalgia, and loss. Summers are special because they don't last, and Barclay's memoir is an easygoing yet affecting meditation on beginnings and endings--large and small. --Svenja Soldovieri


“A moving, bittersweet and naturally funny memoir of a young man’s coming of age under somewhat peculiar circumstances.”
London Free Press

“…manages to capture something elusive: the magical, almost ineffable wonder of childhood, where the sense of freedom offered by a nine-horsepower boat, a summer romance or the first serious conversation with an adult offers a promise of life which one rarely shakes off in later years.”
National Post

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Traverse Press (June 28 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HL14NE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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