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Anansi Fall 2012

Easy to Like
By (author): Edward Riche
Edward Riche


House of Anansi Press - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Jul 14, 2012
$18.95 CAD


7.81in x 5.06 x 0.67 in | 0.68 lb

Page Count:

304 pages
House of Anansi Press Inc
House of Anansi Press
FICTION / Literary
BMO Winterset Award 2011, Short-listed ReLit Award 2012, Long-listed IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013, Long-listed

" . . . hilarious . . .laugh-out-loud funny . . . " Maclean’s

Shortlisted for the BMO Winterset Award

From award-winning author Edward Riche comes a savagely funny satire about "C"-list screenwriter and wannabe vintner Elliot Johnson. Disillusioned by his floundering Los Angeles existence ? his writing career is at a low, his struggling vineyard is being investigated by the Feds, and his son, a former child star, is in prison ? Elliot does what any self-respecting wino would do: escape to France.

But fate has other things in store. Stranded in Canada by an expired passport, he is encouraged to remain there due to his bit part in a growing Hollywood scandal. Deciding that Toronto may just be the perfect city in which to lay low, Elliot kills time by bluffing his way to the top of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

From the deranged flakiness of Los Angeles cults to the bureaucratic rituals of Canadian culturecrats, Easy to Like is a brilliant satire about making and breaking public taste from one of our most exciting, unapologetic literary talents.

Edward Riche is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and playwright. Easy to Like is his most recent novel. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Visit Edward Riche's website: http://www.edwardriche.com/ Follow Edward Riche on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EdwardLRiche

[Edward Riche's] new satire wasn't just easy to like, it was finish-the-bottle-and-order-another delicious. - Mike Landry, Telegraph-Journal

. . . a fast-paced, sure-footed read . . . sparkling [with] wit and spice. - Joan Sullivan, Telegram

It’s easy to like. - Steven W. Beattie, National Post

. . . hilarious . . . laugh-out-loud funny . . . - Maclean's

Riche’s prose is astute and bitingly comic ... the real pleasure comes from his richness of characters, ridiculous situations, and surprisingly believable comedic timing. - Lindsay Rainingbird, Coast

Easy to Like lives up to the promise of its title...Riche [has a] gift for withering turns of phrase... - Kevin Chong, Globe and Mail

Riche is a breezy writer who creates fast-paced satires ... enjoy [his] acid wit [and] have a good laugh. - Charles Mandel, Here NB

... rich and textured ... [Easy to Like] will leave readers savouring its questions about artistic creation in a world that is preoccupied with superficial labels. - Peter Darbyshire, The Province

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