Maximilian Glick is a thirteen-year-old only child smothered by the doting affections of his overprotective parents. He’s eager to leave the small, northern Ontario town of Steelton for the lure of New York and the promise of a career in music. When his elders object, urging Max to pursue a career in medicine, law or science, Max enlists the help of three formidable but flawed mentors: Rabbi Kaminsky, a wise but embittered leader who has tragically disowned his daughters; Rabbi Teitelman, a fiery holy man with a secret desire to be a stand-up comic; and Derek Blackthorn, a music teacher rumoured to be a spy. Here’s a warm, funny and unforgettable portrait of a boy who is poised on the brink of adulthood and about to take the biggest risk of his life.
About the Author
Morley Torgov is the author of 'A Good Place to Come From', made into a CBC mini-series and three plays for stage by Israel Horovitz, playing on and off Broadway in the mid-1980s to critical and popular acclaim and elsewhere in the USA and Canada to this day. This title was also a CLA and Book of the Month Club selection. He is also the author of 'The Abramsky Variations', 'The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick', 'St. Farb’s Day', and 'The War to End All Wars' and two mysteries, 'Murder in A-Major', and 'The Mastersinger from Minsk'. He has written plays for CBC radio and television and his work has been adapted to the stage. He has twice won the Leacock Medal for Humour. Torgov received a degree from the University of Toronto, an honorary D. Litt from Laurentian University, and has written numerous articles for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, New York Times Sunday Magazine, and other periodicals. His essays have appeared in Family Portraits and Beyond Imagination. Torgov lives in Toronto where he practises law.