Consolation by Michael Redhill

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It is 1856, Toronto. Unable to make a living in the New World from his trade, English apothecary J.G. Hallam takes up the new science of photography, and embarks on a grand project to document the bleak young city. But returning from an exhibition of these images in England, Hallam's ship is lost in a violent storm on Lake Ontario ndash; and the strongbox holding the photographs is lost. Over a century and a half later, and the shoreline of the harbour has shifted dramatically. Professor David Hollis speculates that the sunken ship containing this important historical record lies in the landfill where the city's new Union Arena is to be built. But his findings are met only with howls of derision from his colleagues. Three months later, Hollis is dead ndash; and his grieving widow, Marianne, embarks on a furtive, unsettling quest to vindicate her husband. Installed in a hotel overlooking the excavation site where the arena is to stand, they hope for a moment when a piece of the past reappears that might alleviate the anguish of these civic and private vanishings... Exquisitely crafted and masterfully told, Michael Redhill's haunting new book moves seamlessly between Toronto's past and present, depicting the way time alters the contours of even the things we hold most certain... This 2008 Arrow Paperback is in Very Good condition.

ISBN: 9780099466253 SKU: 755998 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.