Today I Learned It Was You

Today I Learned It Was You

Book - 2016
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Longlisted for Canada Reads 2017

When a retired actor who frequents a city park is purported to be transitioning from man to deer, municipal authorities in St. John's, Newfoundland, find themselves confronted by an exasperatingly difficult problem.

Complications mount as advocates, bureaucrats, police, and local politicians try to corral the situation, which escalates into an even bigger problem after the story blows up on Facebook. Leading the charge is the mayor himself. A former professional hockey player and local hero, Mayor Matt Olford is juggling a number of personal challenges on top of his city's man-deer problem: his wife has become a born-again Christian and he's found himself attracted to one of his colleagues at City Hall. When the Prime Minister's office calls to ask if he'll run as a Conservative in the next federal election, Mayor Olford finds himself at a crossroads: Surrender his political values or remain as the sole voice of reason on the increasingly ineffective city council?

Hilariously sending up the drama and dysfunction of local politics, overzealous rights activists, and perils of contemporary social media, Today I Learned It Was You is another bitingly brilliant comic novel from one of Canada's funniest and most astute literary talents.

Publisher: Toronto :, House of Anansi Press,, 2016
ISBN: 9781487000578
148700057X
Branch Call Number: FIC Rich
Characteristics: 268 pages

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KasyMcLean
May 05, 2017

Such a bland boring book, nothing was developed, there was no plot, the characters were exceptionally forgettable. While reading it I thought it was at most "okay", after the fact I am mad that I wasted my time.

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dirtbag
Feb 02, 2017

A wonderful, laugh out loud attack on the worst silliness of society and burgeoning, ill-applied political correctness. This book has the potential to amuse and offend. Be brave. Read it. I am sure this book is even better if you are from the Rock.

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