"Disturbing the quiet of leafy streets has been what Wyatt’s been up to for the last forty years, with novels like The Rosedale Hoax (1977), a satiric comedy set in Toronto’s tony neighbourhood. In Street Symphony, Wyatt’s voice and point of view are just as strong and distinctive."
When his grandfather dies, 12-year-old Ari inherits a rustic, rainbow-painted cabin in B.C., along with a lucrative piece of land. The catch? His father and aunt, both strapped for cash, have the power to sell the land and put the money into a trust fund instead. Ari feels empowered by the inheritance and thinks moving to the cabin could mean a fresh start.
"Mark Abley is a chameleon and The Tongues of Earth a cornucopia of human adventure, love, loss and hope. Abley is able to conjure as many faithful persona's as he needs. They people these poems with intelligent wit."
The loss of a mentor, whether it be a relative, teacher, or friend, can be devastating to a young person. Imagine then the stress it would cause if that mentor returned as some ghostly apparition.
"Abley’s work has substance, and the substance has form. This is a book to read, and read again."
"The best writing makes us feel. I challenge anyone to read 'Her Wedding Day' and not empathize with the mocked bride’s humiliation, or sense the unnamed man’s loneliness as he eats his microwaved meal alone and listens to the sounds his house makes in 'The End of the Weekend.'"