It’s the summer of 1990. The Meech Lake accord has failed, and a by-election is being held in Montreal. Far away in the United States, an environmental hearing is underway. These events all have a dramatic effect on the life of Claire Tremblay, who until now has lived a conventional life in her big house in Outremont. The illness of a husband, the reappearance of an old lover, these both compel her to see herself in a new and different light. In Endangered Species, Mary Soderstrom shows that it’s still possible to write a relevant novel that’s actually fun to read.