Born of an adulterous affair in London, England, Marcel is
ethnically ambiguous, growing up in the racially charged 1960s with
a white surrogate father named Oliver. Abandoned as an infant,
Marcel is haunted by vague memories of his bohemian mother, and is
desperate to know who his real parents are.
When Oliver is promoted to foreign correspondent, he leaves
Marcel in the care of his ill-equipped friends, including the
beautiful Pippa. The world is being swept by a wave of
liberation?coups, revolutions and the end of colonialism. While
Oliver rushes toward the action, Marcel is set adrift in swinging
London, a city of magic?and a city where he can never quite fit in.
Just when it seems they will never be reunited, Marcel is sent to
join Oliver in Vietnam. But by the summer of 1963, the war is
escalating, and Oliver is finally overwhelmed by his doomed love
for Pippa. When Marcel eventually uncovers the shattering truth
about his mother, his entire world is rearranged.
Now, as his fiftieth birthday approaches, Marcel is asked to
take care of his friend?s eleven-year-old daughter, Iris. Prodded
by her sharp-eyed company, he reflects on his own bittersweet
childhood and the experiences that have shaped his present.
Stray Love is beautifully illustrated with original
drawings by noted Toronto artist/filmmaker Heather Frise.