Still Life With June
Price: $20.00Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 5.53" x 8.50"
Publication Date: Sep 01, 2009
FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC027190 FICTION / Romance / LGBT / Gay
Winner, 2004 ReLit Award
Shortlisted, 2006 Ferro-Grumley Award
Shortlisted, 2003 Pearson Canada Readers’ Choice Book Award
Commended, 2003 NOW Magazine Top 10
“Greer’s observations of addiction and corporate domination … are indeed sharp, his narrative voice infectious.”
—The Globe and Mail
“[Greer is] a rare writing talent.”
“Greer’s pithy prose keeps things moving quickly, and culminates in a realization and event that can be seen coming, much like a train’s lamp through a darkened tunnel. But when that realization hits, it smacks with the force of that train, one that’s packing a lifetime of emotional freight … the cruel baggage of events and tragedies long sublimated and hard reckonings not faced, until now. It’s all about identity, and facing yourself down.”
—The Hamilton Spectator
“It’s hilarious and redemptive, brimming with revelation ... modern and urban without being too edgy for the masses. This book is highly recommended.”
“Still Life with June is not a pretty story, but it is a good one. Greer’s every sentence seems so honest. His book was written with courage, and read in one sitting.”
—New Brunswick Reader
“Darren Greer’s Still Life With June, his excellent second novel, creeps up on you slowly and subtly, creating an atmosphere of tension and dread through fascinating characters … Greer’s characters are strikingly believable and his dilemmas disturbing.”
“It will stay with you for days.”
“Still Life With June was, by page 9 or 10, clearly going to be of the best books I’d read all year. Before I’d finished it, it had become a plain favourite book of mine. It’s all there: great writing, a distinctive style, an engaging story told in a calculated way … it is an unforgettable and infectious novel. Few writers give us a book this memorable, re-readable, and original.”
Cameron Dodds has just turned thirty. A writer, he get his ideas from the lives of others, often borrowing stories from the patients of his workplace, the Salvation Army Treatment Centre. When one of the patients, Darrel Greene, hangs himself, Cameron sees a great opportunity for a story -- maybe even a novel. He begins to research Darrel's past, and decides to visit his sister, June, a grown woman with Down's Syndrome. As Cameron develops a relationship with June and delves further into Darrel's past, he makes many discoveries, none of which is more surprising than the one he makes about himself.
First published in 2003, Still Life with June won the 2004 ReLit Award and was nominated for the 2003 Pearson Canada Readers' Choice Book Award. It was also a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGTB Fiction in 2005, and was named a 2003 Best Book of the Year by NOW Magazine.