Cordelia Strube and Dolly Dennis’ new novels gather a cast of colourful characters, throw them in between a rock and a hard place, and roll the emotional dice
Cordelia Strube and Dolly Dennis’ new novels gather a cast of colourful characters, throw them in between a rock and a hard place, and roll the emotional dice to see if their protagonists can pull through their troubles. What do you do when your community is facing a crisis? Moderated by Deb Dundas, Toronto Star.
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Cordelia Strube is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels. She has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Dolly Dennis is an award-winning playwright, the author of the novel Loddy-Dah, and a celebrated visual artist. She lives in Edmonton.
Misconduct of the Heart
Stevie, a recovering alcoholic and kitchen manager of Chappy’s, a small chain restaurant, is frantically trying to prevent the people around her from going supernova: her PTSD-suffering veteran son, her uproariously demented parents, the polyglot eccentrics who work in her kitchen, the blind geriatric dog she inherits, and a damaged five-year-old who landed on her doorstep and might just be her granddaughter. Award-winning author Cordelia Strube returns to her unforgettable terrain of the forgotten inner burbs of east Toronto with this scabrous, infinitely humane story that will make you cheer.
The Complex Arms
Adeen is the resident manager of the Complex Arms, an apartment building in the Mill Woods neighbourhood of Edmonton. With no help from her deadbeat husband, Frosty, who sees himself as the next big thing in Nashville, she struggles to maintain the building while coping with the needs of a daughter with disabilities.
As a distraction from her problems, Adeen grows more and more involved in the lives of her tenants, forming relationships and building a community. But when a natural disaster hits, the lives of the Complex Arms’s residents will never be the same.
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