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Giving Up by Mike Steeves

Finalist for Concordia University First Book Prize in 2015

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In grappling with the line between what happened and what might have happened, Steeves gives voice to the anguish of a generation of people who grew up with great expectations, and are now settling into their own personal failures and compromises: James is obsessed with completing his life’s work. Mary is worried about their problems starting a family, and is scared that their future might not turn out as she’d planned. In the span of a few hours on an ordinary night in a non-descript city, two relatively small events will have enormous consequences on James’ and Mary’s lives, both together and apart.

With an unrelenting prose style and pitch-black humour, Giving Up addresses difficult topics – James’s ruinous ambition, and Mary’s quiet anguish—in a funny and relatable way. This experimental work will appeal to readers of contemporary European fiction who enjoy fast-paced stories that focus on voice and ideas.

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English

Fiction

2015

978-1-771660-91-4

BookThug

Toronto

2015

256

1

softcover