Teenager Benoni Van Buskierke and his mother blow into Angel Falls, Ont. "dragging their grief north" with them. After a long struggle with depression, his father, a refrigerator repairman, has died by suicide. His mother slowly loses her mind. Carrying memories of a dysfunctional childhood well into adulthood, Ben struggles to support his mother, maintain healthy relationships and find any kind of happiness. Angel Falls won Tim Wynveen the Commonwealth Writers' Prize best first novel award for Canada and the Caribbean.