When a group of counsellors from the city book the family’s B&B for the summer to prepare for a special wedding ceremony, Lydia’s plans to never thread a needle again are challenged. Through the one thing she cannot live without, the counsellors lure Lydia into a role she did not see coming — her self.
The Incomparables is a novel about ambition, betrayal, “failure,” love, family dynamics, how we deal with societal, family, and personal expectations, and how we come to accept who we are.
REVIEWERS ON Animal
“I’m tempted to say it’s a slim, distilled masterpiece.” — MICHAEL BRYSON, Underground Book Club
“these quickly unfolding stories are elliptically drawn, tense with action and dark humour. Leggat is a shape-shifting writer” — THE GLOBE AND MAIL
“this immensely rewarding collection is worth picking up” — EYE WEEKLY
“Most short story collections are up and down. Unlike most, however, Animal is more than the sum of its parts.” – HERIZONS
Alexandra Leggat is the author of the short story collections Animal (shortlisted for the Trillium Award), Meet Me in the Parking Lot, and Pull Gently, Tear Here (nominated for the Danuta Gleed First Fiction Award). She is also the author of the poetry collection This is me since yesterday. Leggat’s debut novel, The Incomparables was published in 2014. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have been published in journals across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.