By Bill Turpin
Max has been a freelance reporter dodging bullets in Latin America, a small-time newspaper editor who delights in infuriating his publisher and, finally, a flack for a communications company -- the elephant's graveyard for journalists. But none of this compares with the terrors ... Read more
Max has been a freelance reporter dodging bullets in Latin America, a small-time newspaper editor who delights in infuriating his publisher and, finally, a flack for a communications company -- the elephant's graveyard for journalists. But none of this compares with the terrors of assisted living, so instead Max risks everything on something he's kept secret until recently: his increasingly unreliable ability to travel in time. In turn laugh-out-loud and poignant, replete with dark humour, sarcasm, wise-cracking characters and satire, this debut novel is going to ring some bells and stir some pots.
Bill Turpin has worked most of his career as a journalist, first in Montreal and more recently Halifax, but has also afflicted government and the communications world. He is currently living off his wits while studying to be a gadfly. Turpin is married and the father of two cats. Max’s Folly is his first novel.
On the rare occasions when he thought of time, he pictured himself on some sort of rocket-sled; the future and the present blurring by him, the past a short, bright rocket-flame pushing against his back. And, sometimes, Max could see just enough of what lay ahead to give him an advantage. So for decades he had been secure in his rocket-seat, content but not grateful for time's gifts to him.
Bill Turpin's debut novel is ultimately a joyful, touching, and often very funny novel about loss – lost love, lost memory, and above all, the lost art of good old-fashioned newspapering.
— Theo Moudakis, Toronto Star cartoonist
A journalist adrift in time, a cast of wacky characters, an astute writer who deeply enjoys language: what's not to like? Max's Folly is a delight – worldly, quirky, droll and utterly engaging.
— Silver Donald Cameron, author, filmmaker and host of TheGreenInterview.com.
In Max’s Folly, Bill Turpin leads us on a rollicking rollercoaster ride through Max’s non-linear “time-space continuum” as he pieces together the memories of a fully lived life now slipping away from him … A marvellous debut novel from a major new talent.
— Stephen Kimber What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five
Max’s Folly, Bill Turpin’s slightly unhinged bildungsroman, nimbly leaps back and forth over Max’s timeline with a gratifying verve.
— Atlantic Books Today