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Wagers | Sean Michaels
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Scotiabank Giller-winner Sean Michaels is back with his widely anticipated second novel, The Wagers, a deeply satisfying story of long odds, magical heists and the dizzying gamble of life. Where does luck come from? What is it worth? And how much of it do you need to be happy? Theo Potiris is a grocer and a comedian who never repeats his jokes. After 15 years of open mics, he's still waiting for his break--bicycling to the comedy club at night, stacking plums at his family's grand and ramshackle supermarket by day. His girlfriend is halfway around the world, searching for enlightenment with a patron who happens to be the richest man on Earth, and when two other loved-ones get struck by bolts from the blue, Theo decides he can't keep chasing his old dreams any longer. He resolves to trade his wishes in, pursuing a bigger score. Here Sean Michaels' novel takes a surprise left turn, away from the price of milk and into a shabby, beautiful, imaginary Montreal where peacocks strut on street corners and gamblers bet on sunny days. Theo uncovers a mysterious association of sports-obsessed mathematicians, The Rabbit's Foot, which is turning probability into riches, and the vigilante No Name Gang, who steal luck from those who have taken more than their fair share. Bursting with sheer story-telling pleasure and stylish prose, The Wagers carries you along on wave after wave of invention--a literary motorcycle chase that soon has you wondering about the randomness of good fortune and all the ways we choose to wage our lives.
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Lindy
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My #audiobook hold came in at the same as the print edition, making it easy to note passages like: “The sun was raying all around.” A thoughtful, dreamy story set in Montreal—a grocery store, a comedy club, a betting track, riding bicycle through rainy nights—and combining fantastical elements with realistically developed characters. It‘s also a Robin Hood-type crime caper with action that spans the globe & plumbs the human heart. #CanadianAuthor

Lindy Note: the author does an excellent job of narrating his own audiobook, with perfect “hmm”s where called for in the text. (edited) 3w
ReadingEnvy I loved loved loved Us Conductors, how does this hold up? 3w
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I will let you know. After reading The Wagers, I definitely want to read 3w
Lindy @ReadingEnvy The author‘s work that came to mind will reading The Wagers is Andre Alexis. The slight tweak into the surreal, the literate prose, & the way the fantastical is woven into realism. A pleasure to read. 3w
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Lindy
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To certain observers, Theo might have appeared bored, but he wasn‘t bored, exactly. Boredom requires a degree of self-knowledge. It is not enough that an activity be tedious (i.e. without momentum) or aimless (i.e. without direction): for it to be boring the doer must recognize he is being dulled. Theo was too restless for that.

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Lindy
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A passage in the tagged novel could just as easily come from Gladwell‘s Talking to Strangers: “Sometimes it is easier to trust someone than to doubt them, a kind of gift you give yourself.”

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