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Modern Day Fable of Transformations,
This review is from: Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather (Paperback)
It is the winter of 1997/8 in Montreal when an ice storm brings some of the city to a standstill. School shuts and some houses lose electricity supply. The novel is partly narrated by an 11 year old boy who feels quietly devastated at his parents' announcement of separation. His neighbours are his (difficult) friend Alex whose father is a hapless homophobe, Boris, an eccentrically absorbed mathematician who must keep his fish at a constant temperature of 32 degrees, Julie, an exotic dancer with bad luck in men, Michael and Simon who are in a gay relationship but everyone thinks they are brothers. Extreme weather conditions lead people to become involved in helping each other out. This is a modern day fable of transformation under adverse circumstances. Sometimes I thought that it was just too unlikely, but I was beguiled by the humour and characters and enjoyed reading it on a cold winter's night.