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Danial Neil

November 02nd, 2023

In a sweeping saga set in the late 1950s and early 60s when the Canadian federal government purged hundreds of employees suspected of being communist sympathizers and homosexuals, Danial Neil follows the fictional character Finn Kenny in The Sum of One Man’s Pleasure (NeWest $22.95) as he flees Ottawa for Vancouver Island. Here Finn works at the Spencerwood Estate for a wealthy man he befriended in his previous life as a bureaucrat. When that friend dies, Finn is thrust into an existential moment when he must speak out for himself. Publicity states that in this, his sixth novel, Neil questions “the stories we make of our own lives, the versions of ourselves we show to those closest to us, and the ways we find common ground in this world.” 9781774390788

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