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Losing It

Authors: Cumyn, Alan
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
BISAC/Subject: FIC016000, FIC045000, FIC019000
ISBN: 9781551994666, Related ISBNs: 0771024878, 0771024894, 1551994666, 9780771024870, 9780771024894
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 376,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Sometimes those who have the most seem bent on throwing it away. Meet Bob Sterling, a comfortable middle-aged professor, a specialist in the life of Edgar Allan Poe, married to a former student with whom he has a young son. In the space of a week his family, marriage, career, sanity, and life are brought to the brink of ruin in the aftermath of a trip he makes with a student, the intense young poet Sienna Chu, who tweaks into florescence a long-harboured, secret sexual fetish. Then add to the mix the misadventures of his wife’s mentally failing mother, a shy night prowler, and Sienna’s explosive techno-junkie roommate. Poignant and gritty, tantalizingly erotic, Losing It is a high-wire act that plays out as a delicious blend of darkness and humour as it embraces the surprising emotional connections that are made in the midst of life’s madness.
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