Midway

By David Homel

Midway
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Ben Allan, a Montreal literature teacher, finds himself fixated on an obscure mental illness called dromomania: a condition that causes men to abandon their daily routine and go wandering for days, even months. As he juggles strained relationships with his widowed father, his ... Read more


Overview

Ben Allan, a Montreal literature teacher, finds himself fixated on an obscure mental illness called dromomania: a condition that causes men to abandon their daily routine and go wandering for days, even months. As he juggles strained relationships with his widowed father, his art-therapist wife and his television-addicted teenage son, it comes as no surprise that the idea of walking away from it all becomes so compelling.

Allan is certain he will never wander, but when an attractive young woman with connections to the art world suddenly enters his world, the temptation to stray becomes more than an idle fancy.

Written by award-winning author David Homel, Midway contains everything that readers look for to change their world: engaging characters, entertaining banter, fascinating psychology and a genuine love of life and its everyday comedy.

Awards

  • QWF Paragraphe Hugh McLennan Prize for Fiction 2011,

Reviews

“Homel writes with remarkable grace about the simplest aspects of life, and the most complicated … a perceptive and thought-provoking exploration into the life of its protagonist. ”

“[A] finely crafted, intelligent and moving novel … An impressive book that rewards close reading … No matter where you are in your life journey, Midway is a fiction that will provide aesthetic and intellectual sustenance and emotional comfort on the road. ”

“Homel’s dialogue [about the time Ben spends with his father] is spot on, capturing the two men as they circle around what is on their minds but can’t bring themselves to articulate. ”

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