Terry Keenleyside has had a varied career as a journalist, diplomat, academic, and writer. In addition to his numerous scholarly publications, he is the author of five books. His first novel, The Common Touch, was short-listed for the award for the best first novel by a Canadian in its year of publication. He has also authored three collections of literary travel stories, two of which won Gourmand World Cookbook awards for English Canada. Keenleyside is Professor Emeritus at the University of Windsor where he taught for twenty-five years. He and his wife, Dot, reside in Toronto
262 pages, Paperback ISBN: 9780888876379 $19.95 CA
About the Book
Henry and Joanne appear to be an ordinary, happily married couple in a sleepy university town, noted for propriety not scandal. But are they? Joanne comes to suspect that Henry is having an affair, maybe more than one, and this is corroborated by their neighbours and friends, Max and Carol. What is Henry actually up to? When the answer is finally revealed, the lives of all four characters take on a whole new complexity, and Henry ends up exposed to public embarrassment and ridicule. Interwoven with this story is a satirical sub-plot about academe and a maverick university professor facing dismissal for bizarre classroom behaviour and sexual misconduct. In a Spin is an intriguingly different and entertaining novel, rich in suspense and comedy. Beneath the surface, however, it is also a serious study of the limits of tolerance and the difficulty of knowing people fully.