Today I Learned It Was You by Edward RicheToday I Learned It Was You by Edward Riche

Today I Learned It Was You

byEdward Riche

Paperback | April 16, 2016

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When a retired actor who frequents a city park is purported to be transitioning from man to deer, municipal authorities in St. John's, Newfoundland, find themselves confronted by an exasperatingly difficult problem.

Complications mount as advocates, bureaucrats, police, and local politicians try to corral the situation, which escalates into an even bigger problem after the story blows up on Facebook. Leading the charge is the mayor himself. A former professional hockey player and local hero, Mayor Matt Olford is juggling a number of personal challenges on top of his city's man-deer problem: his wife has become a born-again Christian and he's found himself attracted to one of his colleagues at City Hall. When the Prime Minister's office calls to ask if he'll run as a Conservative in the next federal election, Mayor Olford finds himself at a crossroads: Surrender his political values or remain as the sole voice of reason on the increasingly ineffective city council?

Hilariously sending up the drama and dysfunction of local politics, overzealous rights activists, and perils of contemporary social media, Today I Learned It Was You is another bitingly brilliant comic novel from one of Canada's funniest and most astute literary talents.

Edward Riche, an award-winning writer for page, stage, and screen, was born in Botwood on the Bay of Exploits on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. His first novel, Rare Birds, was adapted into a major motion picture starring William Hurt and Molly Parker, and his second novel, The Nine Planets, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and won...
Title:Today I Learned It Was YouFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:April 16, 2016Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:148700057X

ISBN - 13:9781487000578

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pass I could not get into this novel. Let it alone
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Skip It I was excited to read this book based on its description. However, the prose was lacklustre and the characters were underdeveloped; it read more like a short story. Worse, the crux of the narrative comes across as an ill-informed satire of transgender rights. Overall, a completely forgettable and offensive novel that I wouldn't recommend to anyone, especially not if you believe in LGBTQ+ rights.
Date published: 2017-01-31

Editorial Reviews

". . . this novel is truly funny-the humour is crass and thick and real." - Newfoundland Quarterly"Outrageous, saucy, and bold-I love this book!" - Rick Mercer"This is first-rate, biting, gut-busting, topical satire from one of Canada's funniest fiction writers." - Chad Pelley, The Overcast"An entertaining story of municipal politics gone awry" - Jade Colbert, Globe and Mail"Riche's novel resounds with sharp, provocative views. ample opportunity for laughter." - Brett Josef Grubisic, Toronto Star