At a dinner party, Beth — thirty-six, single, and working as much overtime as she can get her hands on — impulsively announces that she's going to spend a night on Vancouver's mean streets in commiseration of the homeless. Unexpectedly, her hosts' son Mason — nine years old, small for his age, intense, intellectual and so shy he can't speak in company — whispers in his mother's ear that he wants to go with her. Mason's parents, good limousine liberals that they are, reluctantly allow him to go. Disaster, of course, ensues.
So begins this fast-paced, tightly wound, funny and quirky first novel from a fresh new voice in Canadian fiction. Follow Beth, well-meaning but ultimately misguided, through one night on the streets as she frantically searches for the boy she has lost, ruminates on the shopping cart as a status symbol, loses her shoes, meets a writer, knocks herself out cold, discovers romaine lettuce as a hair accessory, and maybe — just maybe — falls in love after all.
Lee Kvern is an award-winning author of short stories and fiction. Her novel, Afterall, was nominated for the 2006 Alberta Book Awards. Her short stories are well celebrated: "White" was the winner of the 2007 CBC Literary Awards, and "I May Have Known You" was nominated for the 2010 Alberta Literary Awards. "Detachment" was a finalist in the Malahat Open Season Award 2010. Her work has been produced for CBC Radio, published in Event, Descant, enRoute and on Joyland.ca, New York. Lee's second novel, The Matter of Sylvie, was released in 2010. She lives in Okotoks, Alberta, and has completed her third book, a short story collection. Visit Lee's website at: www.leekvern.com. Check out The Matter of Sylvie at: www.bookclubbuddy.com.