In this wickedly funny novel, one bad afternoon and two regrettable comments make the inimitable Philip Sharpe go viral for all the worst reasons.
Dr. Philip Sharpe, absentminded professor extraordinaire, teaches philosophy at the University of Toronto and is one of Canada’s most combative public intellectuals. But when a live TV debate with his fiercest rival goes horribly off the rails, an oblivious Philip says some things to her that he really shouldn’t have.
As a clip of Philip’s “slip” goes viral, it soon reveals all the cracks and fissures in his marriage with his young, stay-at-home wife, Grace. And while the two of them try to get on the same side of the situation, things quickly spiral out of control.
Can Philip make amends and save his marriage? Is there any hope of salvaging his reputation? To do so, he’ll need to take a hard look at his on-air comments, and to conscript a band of misfits in a scheme to set things right.
Weathervane: poetry. Palimpsest Press, Spring 2016.
The Secrets Men Keep: short stories. Now or Never Publishing, Spring 2015
The Secrets Men Keep is about the secrets men keep, the comic possibilities that arise from our shifting sense of what it means to be a man. It is about the lies that men tell themselves and others to keep their dreams and identities afloat.
The book takes an off-kilter approach to revealing the intricacies of modern relationships--relationships that can be at times funny, sensual, or tense. The stories are set in a variety of cities, including Halifax, Toronto, Seoul, Sydney (Australia), Hamilton, and Quebec City, and the protagonists' occupations run the gamut from call centre workers and teachers to a marketing coordinator, a journalist and a professional hit man.
Sad Peninsula: novel. Dundurn Press, Fall 2014
Through meticulously crafted and heart-wrenching prose, Sad Peninsula takes the reader across oceans and decades, outlining the boundaries between seduction and coercion, between love and destruction, between a past that can't be undone and a future that seems just out of reach.
Off Book: novel. Norwood Publishing, Fall 2007
Soon he is slogging away as a high-paid code monkey in the dot-com boom and longing for the literary life he has left behind. He finds solace with his equally misanthropic coworker Pauline, who is trapped in a numbing job and a loveless marriage. Only through their dialogues on life, desire and the pursuit of passion can they get back onto the scripts that reveal their truer selves.