Home Fires: A Novel

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Independent Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1992 - Fiction - 383 pages
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In 1989 Kenneth Radu's first novel, Distant Relations, won the 1989 QSPELL Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Books in Canada/W.H. Smith First Novel Award. The Ottawa Citizen called it "a remarkable first novel." With his new novel, Home Fires, Radu has created a rambunctious, crazy, intense, and poignant story that moves faster than the speed of light. Nick has a house in the suburbs, two sex shops in Montreal, a chip on his shoulder, and an insane obsession with fire. Brian is a debonair success until he throws it all away by advertising for sex partners in the personal columns of the newspaper. Jacques is interested in making as much money as a young man with a sculpted body can make. And Roger is a down-and-out reformed alcoholic. No holds are barred in this operatic novel about the lives of contemporary men—and the women who put up with them. This is Kenneth Radu at his most daring.

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About the author (1992)

Kenneth Radu has published books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, including The Cost of Living, shortlisted for the Governor General's Award. His collection of stories A Private Performance and his novel Distant Relations both received the Quebec Writers' Federation Award for best English-language fiction. His last novel is The Purest of Human Pleasures (Penguin). He is also the author of Sex in Russia: New & Selected Stories (DC Books Canada). Born in Windsor, Ontario, he taught for many years at John Abbott College near Montreal and now writes full time

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