In the spring of 2008 Elena, who recently moved to Montreal with her seven year old daughter, Sharon, finds a job in a retail store on Sherbrooke Street. She meets Mahfouz working in his family's fast food outlet on The Main. Partially as an antidote to her chronic loneliness, partially influenced by Sharon's spontaneous affection for him, Elena commits to a deepening relationship. Together the three of them enjoy a wonderful spring. That summer, however, Mahfouz doesn't return from a visit to Cairo, and his father is picked up and held indefinitely for unknown charges on undisclosed evidence. Elena and Mahfouz, no longer in any contact with each other, must separately come to terms with their historical situation, and prepare for a future shaped by forces they struggle to understand.
About the Author
After extensive work in contemporary performance, Michael Springate's interests have crystalized into a first novel that maps currents of world history as they coursed through Montreal during the first decade of the 21st century. A resident of Vancouver, his previous publications include Dog and Crow (Guernica), chronicling the relationship between Mussolini and Pound.