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Book review: Monoceros by Suzette Mayr

Monoceros : a novel

A gay seventeen year-old boy (bullied, heartbroken and silenced) hangs himself.

His death catalyzed some shifts in the lives of people who he barely interacted with (a teacher, a classmate, the principal and the guidance counselor (who are secretly a couple)) at the Catholic school that he attended. Monoceros is their story.

Monoceros doesn’t dwell on the sadness or the could-haves or any of the stuff that you would expect a novel about the aftermath of the  tragic suicide of a gay teen to. Instead, it’s an intimate look into a diverse group of people’s interconnected lives and ultimate development.

The writing is addictive and poetic, but not in a stifling way. It reads juicy like chick lit, but it’s not ostentatious or shallow. Read it! I kind of loved this book.

 

I found out about this book in some recommendations on amazon.ca. Please comment if there are any other awesome Canadian authors that aren’t really promoted in the US that you recommend!

Find a copy here

 

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