Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels announces 2nd novel, The Wagers
The Wagers will be published on Sept. 24, 2019.
i am so proud and happy and also honestly a little terrified to announce that <a href="https://twitter.com/PenguinRandomCA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PenguinRandomCA</a> will publish my new novel this autumn. it is about luck! and life! and groceries! and a gang of magical thieves! i hope you will like it. preorder (!) is HERE: <a href="https://t.co/s6ftIawY93">https://t.co/s6ftIawY93</a>—@stgramophone
The novel, published by Random House Canada, follows a Montreal grocer named Theo Potiris who works at his family's shabby supermarket by day and bikes to open mic nights at night, never telling the same joke twice.
After 15 years of waiting for his big break, and as his girlfriend looks for enlightenment on the other side of the world with a very rich man, Theo's life takes an abrupt turn and he finds himself in a magical version of Montreal — one filled with gamblers, peacocks and thieves of luck.
"There's a book within the book, about saints and farmland. There are detectives and stand-up comedians, late-night diners and sand dunes. Also: moonlight. A Rihanna song. A billionaire who has maybe found nirvana," Michaels described on Twitter.
Michaels is a music critic who founded the popular blog Said the Gramophone. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, McSweeney's, Rolling Stone, the Walrus and the Globe and Mail.
Michaels was born in Scotland and grew up in Ottawa. He has lived mainly in Montreal, with stays in Edinburgh and Kraków.