What You Need

Eliza Clark's novel was shortlisted for the 1994 Giller Prize.

Eliza Clark

T. Buddy Whelper, a man "who threw himself into the world like a boomerang," has achieved his dream of living in a calm, controlled oasis of fix-it tools and home-cooking books. A misguided strip-o-gram lands Dorene, a woman scorned and on the run, in Buddy's bachelor apartment. Dorene discovers in Buddy a conveniently anonymous safehouse and a bewildered but accommodating host. The novel takes flight and the mattress is set bouncing as an unlikely love affair blossoms. Delightfully breezy but with a black comic punch, this is a read that is joyous and fearless in every way. (From HarperCollins)