Here is a brief quotation from one chapter of the book dealing with the waterfront:
They parked in a lot on Queen’s Quay and took a stroll through the Music Garden, resplendent in late-summer ochres, pinks, and scarlets, dripping petals on the paths that curved like notes in a score. It was one of the features of the waterfront of which Jack wholeheartedly approved–apart, of course, from the fact that, just past the garden’s far end, there still loomed the stolid, gloomy silos of the long-abandoned and decaying grain elevators of the Canada Malting Company. Jack had once painted them, too, in all their gigantic, concrete ugliness, adding to the right of the silos and enormous red, festering eye…”Still no decision has been made on what to do with those silos.” Jack shook his head with disgust. “You know, one idea was to convert them into a giant mausoleum with space for thousands of coffins and urns. Wow! What creative waterfront thinking! If that ever happens please make sure no one gets into our backyard and digs my ashes out of the garden.”
T. A, Keenleyside will be at the Rosseau Market in Rosseau, Ontario, Friday, July 19 autographing copies of his latest novel, “All The Way.” He will also have available at reduced prices copies of his earlier novel, “In A Spin”, and of his literary travel/cookbooks.
The market is from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and takes place on the Lake Rosseau waterfront in the town of Rosseau.
The Toronto neighbourhood of Rosedale features several times in the novel, All The Way, for it is the home of two of the characters, Linda and Jay. The image depicted, however, is very different from the traditional view of this region of the city.
Here is a brief excerpt from the novel that illustrates the difference:
“On the inside the house did not look very different from the other staid, red-brick mansions on Chestnut Park, the understated yet privileged dwellings of Toronto’s “old money” families. The rooms on the ground floor were wood-panelled with small mullioned windows. Oil paintings of living and departed relatives and of bucolic scenes in Britain and Canada hung on the walls…polished oak bookcases (contained) old leather-bound tomes and voluminous sets of reference works, rarely disturbed except for dusting…The exterior of the house on this particular evening was, however, in stark contrast with the rest of the homes on this quiet, park-like street with its conservative residents of impeccably decent taste and manners. For, in the middle of the front lawn, Linda had erected an eight-foot-high papier mache model of a circumcised penis. With its flesh-covered wrinkles and folds and prominent blue veins, to the arriving guests it looked extremely realistic. And for added effect, Linda had sprayed patches of the scrotum and the surrounding snow-covered ground with a blood-red stain. While Jay had had reservations about the whole enterprise from the moment Linda had broached the idea, she had been insistent that they celebrate Lou’s recent vasectomy by throwing a party for their friends in his honour.
“‘Well,’ Jack said to Susie as they passed the sculpture on the way to the front door. ‘We’re here to bear witness to the last, triumphant stage in Sally’s campaign to ween Lou from his Catholic origins.'”
To see a short video about the Rosedale sections of the book, please go to the author’s Facebook or LinkedIn pages.
This is the campus of the University of Toronto where the characters in the novel, “All The Way” consolidate the friendships they made in the summer of 1958 and form relations that, in most cases lead to marriage.
One in the group is enrolled here at University College.
One each is at Victoria and St. Michael’s.
And the remaining five are all at Trinity College.
Borealis Press is delighted to announce the release of a novel about lifelong friendship and the challenges confronted along the way. It should have special appeal for readers familiar with Toronto and Ontario cottage country, the principal venues where the novel unfolds.
All The Way, a new novel by T.A. Keenleyside, will be released in March by Borealis Press of Ottawa.
Six teenagers meet at a summer hotel in 1958. It is at a time in life when they are full of energy and high spirits as they optimistically plan their futures. Libidos are also running high and that leads to a clash for sexual attention between two of the characters that over time affects them all. Together with two other teenagers, who spend the summer of 1958 on an adventured-filled student tour of Europe, the eight characters forge lifelong friendships that are traced over the sixty-year span of the novel.