In the Skin of a Lion was the winner of Canada Reads 2002. It was defended by Steven Page.
From the publisher:
"Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick's life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning The English Patient."
Read more at Random House of Canada.