Description - Consolation by Michael Redhill
As he slips beneath the waves of Toronto's harbour, Professor David Hollis follows in death the man he pursued in the last months of his life, English apothecary J.G. Hallam. ne hundred and fifty years earlier, Hallam had been sent by his father to open a shop in the New World, but when that business failed, he became a reluctant partner in a photography firm. In 1856, the company was offered the opportunity to work for the municipal government, and the bleak and ungainly young city took shape before Hallam's lens. But after presenting the photographs in England, Hallam's ship sank in a violent storm on Lake Ontario and the strongbox holding the photographs was lost. he shoreline of the harbour has shifted dramatically over a century and a half, and David Hollis, driven in his pursuit of this important historical record, speculates that the sunken ship containing the photographs is in the landfill where the city's new Union Arena is to be built. With almost no one on his side but his daughter's fiance, John Lewis, Hallam presents his findings, which are met with howls of derision from his colleagues. Three months later, he's dead, and Lewis joins the grieving widow, Marianne, in
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Author Biography - Michael Redhill
Poet, playwright and novelist Michael Redhill is the author of the acclaimed novel Martin Sloane - winner of a Commonwealth Writers' Prize - and the short-story collection Fidelity. He is also publisher and co-editor - with Michael Ondaatje - of the literary magazine Brick. His poetry collections include Asphodel and Light-Crossing. He lives and works in Toronto.