The Wagers

The Wagers

Book - 2019
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Scotiabank Giller-winner Sean Michaels is back with his widely anticipated second novel, The Wagers, a deeply satisfying story of long odds, magical heists and the dizzying gamble of life. Where does luck come from? What is it worth? And how much of it do you need to be happy? Theo Potiris is a grocer and a comedian who never repeats his jokes. After 15 years of open mikes, he's still waiting for his break--bicycling to the comedy club at night, stacking plums at his family's grand and ramshackle supermarket by day. His girlfriend is halfway around the world, searching for enlightenment with a patron who happens to be the richest man on Earth, and when two other loved-ones get struck by bolts from the blue, Theo decides he can't keep chasing his old dreams any longer. He resolves to trade his wishes in, pursuing a bigger score. Here Sean Michaels' novel takes a surprise left turn, away from the price of milk and into a shabby, beautiful, imaginary Montréal where peacocks strut on street corners and gamblers bet on sunny days. Theo uncovers a mysterious association of sports-obsessed mathematicians, The Rabbit's Foot, which is turning probability into riches, and the vigilante No Name Gang, who steal luck from those who have taken more than their fair share. Bursting with sheer story-telling pleasure and stylish prose, The Wagers carries you along on wave after wave of invention--a literary motorcycle chase that soon has you wondering about the randomness of good fortune and all the ways we choose to wage our lives.
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, [2019]
Description: 368 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780735278110
Branch Call Number: Mich


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Dec 09, 2019

A picaresque personal journey for the main character through an exploration on the nature and meaning of luck. Liked his Us Conductors better but this one is still worth reading. Not as tightly scripted and tries perhaps to include too much in a single story. Enjoyed the distinct flavour of Montreal that infuses the novel. And the characters were engaging - though I can't quite forgive him for killing off one of the most intriguing characters in the first chapter!

debwalker Sep 28, 2019

Literary fireworks from the Giller-winning Michael's.

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