Claudia lives in a house where every puzzle box is missing a piece, all the towels are frayed and the wallpaper border is curling at the edges. Her kids, Wesley and Joan, mash banana into everything and wear mismatched socks. Claudia has a complicated relationship with her kids' father; you can't really be divorced to someone you never married in the first place, but the air is filled with awkwardness when he visits anyway. Her life is messy.
Claudia's organized and responsible brother Dan surprises their mother with an impromptu birthday trip to Cuba, the kind of trip she's always dreamed of. Dan beams with pride, their parents are overjoyed, and Claudia shrinks into the shadows. But when their mother dies suddenly on the trip and their dad falls to pieces, it's Claudia who welcomes her broken father into her messy life and figures out a way to help him move through the grief.
A surprising, tender, and wry look at family life, Roost will appeal to readers of Miriam Toews and Jessica Grant.
Praise for Roost:
"Roost is hilarious."--National Post
"Ali Bryan works in that magical space between hilarity and humiliation. Roost is about the family tragedies we all face, with courage and cowardice and warmth and malice. This novel is marvellous, terrible fun."--Todd Babiak, author of The Garneau Block and Toby: A Man
"Does every family need a daughter to do the emotional heavy-lifting? Irreverent and dead-on about the absurdities of motherhood and family, Claudia seems an unlikely fit for the role and fights it every messy inch of the way. Ali Bryan writes the tenderness and pathos of family life with the wise-cracking finesse of a stand-up comedienne. Roost is laugh-out-loud funny--a refreshing Canlit debut."--Betty Jane Hegerat, author of The Boy and Delivery.
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