268 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.6 in
April 15, 2011
Coach House Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1552452417
ISBN - 13: 9781552452417
About the Book
Unicorns, Ethiopian food, a Wonder Woman drag queen: "Monoceros"offers a funny, heartbreaking look at the tragedy of teen suicide.
From the Publisher
Winner of the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize | Winner of the 2012 Relit Award for Best Novel | Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize | Shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction | Shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Award for Best Fiction | A Globe and Mail Best Novel of 2011
A seventeen-year-old boy, bullied and heartbroken, hangs himself. And although he felt terribly alone, his suicide changes everyone around him.
His parents are devastated. His secret boyfriend's girlfriend is relieved. His unicorn- and virginity-obsessed classmate, Faraday, is shattered; she wishes she had made friends with him that time she sold him an Iced Cappuccino at Tim Hortons. His English teacher, mid-divorce and mid-menopause, wishesshe could remember the dead student's name, that she could care more about her students than her ex's new girlfriend. Who happens to be her cousin. The school guidance counsellor, Walter, feels guilty - maybe he should have made an effort when the kid asked for help. Max, the principal, is worried about how it will reflect on the very Catholic school. And Walter, who's been secretly in a relationship with Max for years, thinks that's a little callous. He's also tired of Max's obsession withsome sci-fi show on TV. And Max wishes Walter would lose some weight and remember to use a coaster.
And then Max meets a drag queen named Crepe Suzette. And everything changes.
Monoceros is a masterpiece of the tragicomic; by exploring the effects of a suicide on characters outside the immediate circle, Mayr offers a dazzlingly original look at the ripple effects - both poignant and funny - of a tragedy. A tender, bold work.
About the Author
Suzette Mayr is the author of three previous novels: Moon Honey , The Widows and Venous Hum . The Widows was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book in the Canada-Caribbean region, and has been translated into German. Moon Honey was shortlisted for the Writers' Guild of Alberta's Best First Book and Best Novel Awards. Suzette Mayrlives and works in Calgary.