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June 15 , 2011

The Old Man's Last Sauna


The Old Man's Last Sauna, by Carl Dow

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Tania is having the best year of her life. She has a hot new boyfriend, she landed the starring role in a student film, and she’s just been voted homecoming queen. But someone is jealous of Tania. Someone plans to ruin her perfect year—even if that means killing her. Will Tania live to see the homecoming dance?

"Life is scary, frustrating and sometimes funny. All of these themes are explored in Carl Dow’s collection of short stories, told with the pristine elegance that we haven’t seen since the likes of Stephen Leacock or even Pierre Berton." Award-winning writer Emily-Jane Hills Orford

From odes to loves found and loves lost, to a clear-eyed look at what it takes to destroy a strong man; from the web of love between a mother and a son, to a father’s understanding of the difference between his child’s imagination and the lies that lurk in the minds of the boy’s grandparents . . .

Carl Dow offers stories that will move, amuse and even shock with their subtle explorations of the human spirit. The Old Man’s Last Sauna introduces a powerful voice for the 21st century, born of the turmoil, violence and struggle for justice and understanding that marked so much of the 20th.

•Murder . . . from before the grave

• Ecstasy . . . in a motorcyclist’s diary

• Light . . . from a man’s darkest region

•Truth . . . at the heart of a child’s ‘lies’

•Mystery . . . in shape of a yellow school bus

•No fear . . . but flying? O yes!

•Surrender . . . as a Rosedale heiress’ liberation

•Wisdom . . . in the loss of a Nazi’s car

•Torture . . . in the name of democracy

•Love . . . unlikely and almost unspeakable

With his debut as a fiction-writer, Carl Dow, a long-time journalist called one of the top 10 writers in Canada by Alan Walker, then-editor of Canadian Magazine, offers an eclectic collection of stories that will amuse, outrage, chill and warm readers' hearts.

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