Mount Pleasant

Paperback | February 25, 2014

byDon Gillmor

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In Don Gillmor's comedic new novel about a troubled marriage in our monetarily troubled times, the financial delusions of the middle class run smack into the orchestrators of our financial collapse.
     In middle age, debt has become the most significant relationship in Harry Salter's life. He was born to wealthy parents in leafy and privileged Rosedale, at a time when the city was still defined by its WASP elite. But nothing in life has turned out the way Harry was led to expect. He's unsure of his place in society, his marriage is crumbling, his son is bordering on estranged, and on top of it all his father is dying.
     As he sits at his father's bedside, Harry inevitably daydreams about his inheritance. A couple of his father's millions would rescue him from his ballooning debt--maybe even save his marriage. But when the will is read, all that's left for Harry is $4200. Dale Salter's money is gone. Out of desperation and disbelief, Harry starts to dig into what happened to the money. As he follows a trail strewn with family secrets and unsavory suspicions, he discovers not only that old money has lost its grip and new money taken on an ugly hue, but that his whole existence has been cast into shadow by the weight of his expectations.

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In Don Gillmor's comedic new novel about a troubled marriage in our monetarily troubled times, the financial delusions of the middle class run smack into the orchestrators of our financial collapse.      In middle age, debt has become the most significant relationship in Harry Salter's life. He was born to wealthy parents in leafy and ...

DON GILLMOR is the author of the bestselling, award-winning 2-volume history of Canada, Canada: A People's History, and 2 other books of non-fiction, The Desire of Every Living Thing, a Globe and Mail Best Book, and I Swear by Apollo. His debut novel, Kanata, was published in 2010 to critical acclaim. He has also written 9 books for ch...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.02 × 5.18 × 0.77 inPublished:February 25, 2014Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307360733

ISBN - 13:9780307360731

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very disappointing I purchased this in particular due to it's ties to Toronto and the story line. The writing was disjointed and difficult to imagine the flow of the story line.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mount Pleasant. Well written but nothing special. A story about an average guy hoping for an inheritance that didn't happen. He thought that it would rid him of his debt and eventually had to make decisions to get on with life without it.Sound familiar? Kind of like waiting for the big lottery win, meanwhile life is passing you by.
Date published: 2014-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mount Pleasant. Don Gillmor has again put into words the strong attachment between character and setting. Harry's Toronto is what made him who he is (and isn't) and he cannot escape it. His house borders on the Mount Pleasant cemetery: an irony not lost on the reader. I loved the descriptions of the people and places around town. Gillmor puts together the pieces of Harry's puzzle skillfully and subtly and ends with his metaphorical rebuilding. A great read!
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mount Pleasant. This book was really well written, but a bit of a downer- it never really went anywhere yet I stuck with it because of how good the writing was. Also as a Vancouverite I thought it referred to our mount pleasant, but it was Toronto's
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mount Pleasant A first rate read, especially for native Torontonians. Beautifully conceived characters and a plot that stokes memories in many of us.
Date published: 2013-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dazzling I loved this book. It's a timely, smart, witty look at our relationship to money through characters that are believable, fallible and funny. The writing is dazzling. You'll really want to know what happens to Harry and what happened to that inheritance!
Date published: 2013-04-03

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER"A wisely, darkly, deeply, hysterically funny novel. I could have read a thousand pages of Harry Salter's insights into the absurd and terrifying enlightenments of middle age." Linden MacIntyre, prize-winning author of Why Men Lie and The Bishop's Man"Don Gillmor's beautifully written Mount Pleasant is a brilliant comic autopsy of Toronto, the financial tsunami, and a generation--or 2. You're going to be absolutely wild about Harry!" --Linda Svendsen, author of Sussex Drive