East of Mourning

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Trafford Publishing, 2001 - Fiction - 136 pages
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"Sex, Drugs, Booze, Rock and Roll, Suicide, Murder and .......... Hockey"

Brian, stuck in his hometown of Mourning, Ontario, slipping down the wrong side of thirty, can never win. Not as a hockey player or a coach. Not at his career. Not at anything.
Then, he meets Kyle Clark, a hockey prodigy, who joins his team. And life in Mourning begins to change. Kyle is good at everything. He can't lose.
As they grow closer and their lives entwine, Brian hopes that some of Kyle's magic will rub off on him.
But tragedy follows Kyle around, threatening to ruin the best laid plans. This time, however, Brian is not going to stand to the side and watch his dreams melt away.

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"Michael Markus' East of Mourning is a superbly crafted dark comedy about the Great Canadian Dream gone bad for a frustrated hockey coach and the young, talented hockey payer upon whom he pins the last of his bitter deams. Sex, Drugs, rock & roll, suicide, murder, and of course, hockey all lurk within the eerily inviting pages of this dynamic and sharply framed literary tableau. Aptly written in a literary style as fast-moving as the sport of hockey itself, East of Mourning captures the imagination and holds the reader's interest in its shadowy and wryly malefic way. Highly recommended."

from the Wisconsin Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review, December, 2001

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