A Fine Ending by Louis Rastelli
It’s the end of the nineties, the end of the 20th century, and the end of an era in the city’s Plateau / Mile End district. A Fine Ending spins spontaneous tales of the artists and musicians, drunks and junkies, and punks and yuppies made neighbours by gentrification. A calamitous ice storm and the looming Y2K are pondered between rounds at the local bar. An apartment is the scene of an impromptu cabaret one night and a church service the next. As the narrator, a young struggling musician, races to save a friend’s cats from appallingly casual human cruelties, he tests his faith in those around him, finding hints of solace in abandoned buildings and the home movies of strangers.
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