The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn

By (author): Sean Dixon

It all started with a black rose and a rich young man. And a house with a creek running through it. And then there she was, Kip Flynn, standing beside her dead boyfriend and agreeing to take a large sum of money from the young man’s father to keep quiet. As if she could have done anything else, she was so scared and grief-stricken and maybe pregnant.

But that’s not the end of it. You see, there’s some kind of connection between Kip and this rich developer’s son that keeps them tight in one another’s orbit. So, when Kip awakens from her grief, intent on revenge, they find themselves pursuing one another with a ferocity they can barely understand, one that spirals outward, with subway accidents and arson and drainpipes and backhoe wars, to envelop roommates, two guilty fathers, a window-washer or two, landlords, family secrets, Vietnamese gangsters, a standup-bass player and an activist tour guide. And even the subterranean heart of Toronto itself, which, like Kip, is torn between vengefulness and growth.


Sean Dixon

Sean Dixon grew up in a family of 12, including his 8 siblings, parents and a grandmother, through several Ontario towns, predisposing him to tell stories about groups of people thrown together in common cause. His debut novel, The Girls Who Saw Everything, was named one of Quill & Quire?s best of the year. His previous books include The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn, The Feathered Cloak, and the plays Orphan Song and the Governor General?s Award-nominated A God In Need of Help. A recent children?s picture book, The Family Tree, was inspired by his experience of creating a family through adoption with his wife, the documentarian Kat Cizek.


‘Dixon plays with language and form, using images to crystallize a reader’s experience and make them consider the possibilities of the novel.’ – Publishers Weekly

‘One of Dixon’s great strengths is his ability to tease out evocative characters from the streets and alleys. He is able to pump up fleeting players until they float like balloons through the streetscape.’ – National Post

‘Dixon unfolds his narrative with the measured pace of an experienced storyteller, rarely in a rush to reveal his next move, but always aware of the inquisitive eye of the reader. He paints his characters with deep, detailed strokes.’ – Broken Pencil


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248 Pages
8.02in * 5.41in * 0.81in


April 15, 2011


Coach House Books



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