Saturday 22 June 2013

Mount Pleasant

Finished June 22
Mount Pleasant by Don Gillmor

This novel centers around the middle-aged Harry Salter, a non-tenured university professor with a mountain of debt. Harry has been expecting to inherit from his wealthy father, but when his father dies most of the money is gone and Harry gets only $4200. Harry is desperate enough that he can't accept this, and he tries to figure out what happened to the money.
Besides this more revelations await Harry and he begins to realize how disengaged his life is, that his marriage is in trouble and he barely talks to his son. He connects his own situation and his family history with his class at university. This is a story about money and debt and the place we give them in our lives. A story of expectations and entitlement, and the scheming that goes on behind the scenes.

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