Tuesday 6 September 2011

The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn

Finished September 6
The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn by Sean Dixon
This wonderfully quirky novel absolutely enthralled me. Great story, great characters, great writing.
Kip is a young woman who works hard at a variety of self-employed endeavors, making a living and enjoying her life. As the story begins, she and her boyfriend Mani are entering a house under construction, driven there by Mani's outrage at the house owner's attack against their livelihood. Things go horribly wrong.
Kip, in shock, agrees to a deal in exchange for her silence, and wanders back into the night. We learn about her life in Kensington Market; her roommate Nancy, who has been politically motivated by the actions of Mayor Ford; her friend Henry, who moon after Nancy; the Ghost, who also shares the apartment with Kip and Nancy; and Kip's father Lionel, who has secrets he hasn't given up yet.
We also learn about Pat York, the young man who caused Mani's antagonism, and about his life and how he became the man he is now, and about how he turns into a different man.
There is wonderful humour here, social commentary, and Dixon gives a real picture of Toronto in the present day. I absolutely loved this book and could hardly put it down. Read it, you'll love it.


  1. You are on a roll in terms of adding to my reading list: thanks again!

  2. Glad to hear it. There are so many great Canadian books out there.