Friday 13 July 2007

Town House by Tish Cohen

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Tish Cohen provides a deeply moving and wonderfully funny view of life through the eyes of Jack Madigan. Jack is the owner of a town house which though once magnificent has been made worse for wear by his father who was a rock superstar. I say was since he is dead now. He died after trying to bite a snapping turtle which felt understandably miffed and bit him back - fatally. Jack's life has been pretty straightforward for a while now as he shared his home with his teenage son Harlan and had the royalties to live on.

Okay, so life is less than perfect when you have agoraphobia but he always managed somehow. Then the money ran out and everything goes downhill from there. The bank forecloses and Jack's life is never quite the same after meeting the real estate agent who is very determined, yet who is also a bit of a disaster waiting to happen - in the most lovable way possible. At the same time, Lucinda enters his life. Lucinda is a precious little girl who lives next door and is filled with such a sense of life it's just awe inspiring. Sadly, Lucinda's parents have little time for her but she doesn't mind. She just decided to become Jack's personal life coach and will stop at nothing to get him out of the house.

In the midst of Jack's crisis. His ex-wife announces that she is getting married and wants to take Harlan to live with her in California. Can things get any worse? Will he ever find a way back to life as he knew it?

Buy the book, take the ride and see for yourself. I promise you that with Town House, you won't be disappointed. It's a great read with many laugh-out-loud moments and it's filled with an unforgettable cast of characters.

I personally can't wait to see the movie. You can read more about it at the CBC site

Take a peek at this video to see Tish Cohen talk about Jack in an amusing conversation with Leah McLaren

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