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The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal


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An original, mischevious rites of passage novel which will delight fans of off-beat fiction such as 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' and 'A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian'. The Lacuna Cabal Montreal Young Women's Book Club is THE foremost book club in Canada, no, in the world. Priding themselves on their good taste, intelligent discussions and impeccable opinions, they are a group of misfits and oddballs, living on the edge of normality. There are only two rules: what Missy says goes (ok, there is a nod to democracy but let's be honest here) and NO BOYS. EVER. Of course, the premier book club in the world must read the first book ever written: 'The Epic of Gilgamesh'. But this monumental book leads them to break all their rules, shed members who end up missing out on EVERYTHING, and travel across the open seas to Bahrain in search of a wise man who'll hopefully have all the answers. Original, funny, quixotic and ultimately very moving,The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal is set in a time of upheaval: the Iraq war is exploding and people across the world are marching in protest. It's the story of a group of friends who find a family of sorts within their book group, who learn to cope with love, and the lack of it, loss, and the lack of that, and with growing up in a world that is falling apart. Lead title / Voted one of the best novels of 2007 in Canada / HB launched with a cover competition with the Saatchi Gallery which had just under 1,000 entries, thousands of comments, and was Saatchi's most successful competition ever / Online buzz generated for HB with reviews and mentions in blogs across the world / Competition: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Life of Pi, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Raw Shark Texts

About the Author

Sean Dixon is a full-time writer, occasional essayist, stage actor and banjoist. He gave up jobs as a shipper-receiver, a poster boy (of the putting up on billboards variety) and a prison driver to become a writer. His young adult novel, The Feathered Cloak, was published by Key Porter in Autumn 2007. He lives and plays banjo in Toronto and is currently working on his next novel for HarperCollins.


The Lacuna Cabal Montreal Women's Book Club has been meeting regularly since its members' McGill student days when a couple of them attended a reading of Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of the Lion. Since that time, although their selections have been the standard literary book club fare, their discussions have been anything but. They don't so much read the books as reenact them, going so far as to find appropriate settings for each. Their latest discovery is a book written in cuneiform on clay tablets, which turns out to be The Epic of Gilgamesh. The narrative begin to go off the rails with the introduction of a fitzbot, a directional device that eventually leads the characters to Iraq, the original setting of the epic, where one of the members is eager to locate the "Baghdad blogger," whose postings she has been avidly following. Despite having many of the ingredients of a good book club read-the atmospheric Montreal setting, the casual name-dropping of popular Canadian books and authors, and the unusual cast of book club members-this imaginative novel comes up a little short. For libraries catering to serious-minded book clubs.-Barbara Love, Kingston Frontenac P.L., Ont. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

'The novel everyone will be talking about' London Lite '[A] sweet, unpredictable novel!ingenious and openly written' Time Out 'A clever little book!you'll love it' Daily Express 'The Lacuna Cabal Montreal Young Women's Book Club is unconventional in more ways than one -- namely that its members don't do much reading! But they do share a bond and help each other to cope with the changing world in this fab book. 4 stars' OK! Magazine 'A sort of Tristram Shandy for the twenty-first century!It'll blow your mind.' Michael Redhill 'The pleasure of the book comes from Dixon's deft handling of his weightier literary themes' Quill & Quire, Books of the Year 2007 '[In] this ambitious book!Dixon has fashioned his make-believe to be relevant, offered a satisfying harvest from early planted seeds, and embedded some fine intellectual levity.' Globe and Mail 'Every chapter is filled with biff, bang, pow surprises! Suspend your disbelief and thrill in the oddities.' She Does the City.com 'The novel is infused with sex and literary in-jokes and the postmodern device of self-reflexive footnotes to spice up the story. But its surface playfulness masks a deeper seriousness: there is death in the novel, and war and a recognition of human fragility and loneliness. These themes, which are deeply and inextricably embedded, put the lie to the notion that a Canadian novel must affect a stentorian pose in order to be worthy of consideration. Flannery O'Connor wrote that "all comic novels that are any good must be about matters of life and death"; Sean Dixon would surely agree.' That Shakespearean Rag 'Riddled with references to literature throughout centuries and contemporary culture, this story is more than the words contained within the covers!fast paced, witty and engaging' Broken Pencil Lit Zine

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