It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which he was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century.
Light, easy and oh so funny – this Summer Shortlist pick is absolutely perfect for summer. It pairs loveable characters with an unlikely and hilarious storyline that adds a twist to the past 100 years. Check it out and bring it to the beach with you (like I did) and you won’t be disappointed.
In this darkly riveting debut novel-a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also a heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging-an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.
What a fantastic breakout novel by Healey. I was intrigued immediately from page one, and found myself developing my own theories about what happened to Elizabeth that changed with each new revelation. Little did I know that the recurring phrase “Elizabeth is Missing” came to mean something entirely unexpected. The twists and turns in both the past and present truly keep you guessing until the very end.
I’d highly recommend this for anyone who loved Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep.
Mount Pleasant by Don Gillmor comes in very timely and relevant. It is set in Toronto under Financial Tsunami and the Occupy Movement. Harry Salter, a previous journalist who is now the part-time non-tenure politics professor, is obviously going through his mid-life crisis or even beyond – he needs to deal with his ballooning debt, his crumbling marriage, an unexpected/no emotion involved affair, his challenging son and his aging mother … oh, how many troubles can someone endure all at once, and I haven’t even mentioned his father’s death yet – apparently his father’s death was his hope to get rid of his debt, but his supposedly millions of dollars inheritance turns out to be just a few thousands of dollars …
But problems will always be solved, yes … the black humour of the book does help your reading, too.