Toby: A Man

Paperback | January 26, 2010

byTodd Babiak

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TV presenter and man-about-town Toby Ménard has it all. But in the days after his
father has a startling accident, Toby makes a series of terrible, wincing choices. As a result, he is fired from his job as an etiquette commentator and loses his superb condo, his beautiful girlfriend and his beloved BMW. Worse still, he must move back to the grey Montreal suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeaux and live in his parents’ basement.

With his silent BlackBerry and a sudden absence of friends or saviours, Toby feels he has reached the limits of misery and humiliation. But his father’s increasingly frightening behaviour is where the real trouble—and risk—lies. Who is this man? What can Toby do? Then, in a moment of misplaced gallantry, Toby encounters an unstable francophone mother who disappears and abandons her two-year-old son, Hugo, to his care. Trapped with a toddler and forced to deal with his father’s tragedies, Toby emerges from the basement bungalow of his life—muddy, broke, bruised, heartbroken—but, finally, a man.

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TV presenter and man-about-town Toby Ménard has it all. But in the days after hisfather has a startling accident, Toby makes a series of terrible, wincing choices. As a result, he is fired from his job as an etiquette commentator and loses his superb condo, his beautiful girlfriend and his beloved BMW. Worse still, he must move back to the grey Montreal suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeaux and live in hi...

Todd Babiak is an award-winning author, journalist and screenwriter. His second novel,The Garneau Block, was a #1 regional bestseller, a longlisted title for theScotiabank Giller Prizeand the winner of theCity of Edmonton Book Prize. His third novel,The Book of Stanley, is in development for television. Babiak is a columnist for theEdmonton Journaland on the board of PEN Canada. Visit his website atwww.toddbabiak.com...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:January 26, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554684390

ISBN - 13:9781554684397

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Those funny-sad books I like novels that veer from tragedy to comedy and back again, often so quickly I don't realize when I stopped crying and started laughing. This is one of those novels. I read The Garneau Block a few years ago, which is more funny and less sad, but this one has a big, sometimes nasty heart which lends it a kind of seriousness we don't often see in Canadian writing. That "Man, isn't life an embarrassment" kind of seriousness. Anyway, I quite loved this book, and I can't decide whether the ending is happy or sad - a good thing. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2010-04-15