Author(s): Stuart McLean
Introducing Dave, owner of a downtown Toronto record store and his wife, Morley, and chronicling their valiant attempts to rise to the challenges of modern life. In these hymns to common foibles and absurdities, nothing ever quite goes according to plan. A sleepover for ten small boys ends abruptly after an inadvertent screening of The Night of the Zombies; a family holiday is interrupted by a surprising feline discovery under the bonnet of the car; a balding guinea pig runs up a vet's bill for $563.30; preparations for Christmas dinner unexpectedly involve an electric blanket, a hair dryer, a bottle of scotch and a hotel bill. Along the way, Dave and Morley battle to maintain perspective on the idiosyncrasies of elderly parents, teenage children, friends, neighbours and unannounced guests. First published 2005.
"* 'This is the kind of book that could rescue you from a reading drought' Daily Mail * 'The tales here exude a genuine warmth which is quite irresistible... Class stuff' Evening Herald (Dublin) * stories of family life have the same blend of charm and humour as the No1 Ladies Detective series' James Daunt, The Times"
Stuart McLean hosts The Vinyl Cafe twice weekly on CBC Radio, reaching 700,000 listeners. His stories have all been bestsellers in Canada, and he has twice won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour - for Home from the Vinyl Cafe and Vinyl Cafe Unplugged. Vinyl Cafe Unplugged is published by Granta this month.