In Stratford, Ontario, Canada, a gardener accidentally cuts a telephone cable, disrupting telephone service and interlinking several lives. As a result of the accident, theatre actor Griffin Kincaid finds himself sexually blackmailed. His wife Jane finds her marriage threatened not only by her husband's strange behavior, but also by her own obsessive desire for the handsome but mysterious telephone company repairman who arrives to fix the problem. The accident prevents a troubled young man from reaching help, resulting in a brutal murder. Throughout four months in the summer of 1998, a marriage is threatened and a murder mystery is resolved with tragic consequences. Findley's work is intriguing and accessible. The four interwoven plot lines are clear and easy to follow, and the reader is swept into the stormy lives Findley depicts. The novel also presents an interesting and insightful view of the theatre world.
This report prepared by A. Antonow
Set in the times of Kosovo and the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, the novel describes about a month in the life of the Kincaids. Jane and her husband Griff work in the theatre business in Stratford, Ontario. Jane does props while Griff is a budding actor. Griff gets into a homosexual relationship with his director so that he can prevent losing the good parts for next year's Stratford Theatre festival. He hides this relationship from his wife, resulting in his gradual withdrawal from the family, his wife alcohol abuse, and his son's mental damage. Jane searches for the truth, thinking that there is another woman, but develops a crush on the Bell Telephone repair man. The novel describes the mental turmoil of all parties as the Kincaid family falls apart.
This report prepared by Shawn Vaillancourt