Montreal, Mile End, a surprise 50th birthday thrown for money manager Hart Granger by his ex-wife Sandrine. Late in the party, a stranger knocks on the door, presenting himself as Hart’s half-brother, a child his mother gave up for adoption at 17.
A story of brotherhood and redemption. Hart’s story is told through five short stories with women in his life as the main characters. Then his diary, followed by a surprising climax, told in third person.
Peter TaylorThe Toronto Star, December 12, 2006
“As she did in her first novel, Jump, Marianne Ackerman reminds us that timing – in art as in life – is very often everything. As a literary device, it is the spark that drives her new novel forward with a tabloid cockieness that commands the reader to follow it through to the end.”
M.J. Stone, Hour
“With a plethora of unexpected twists and turns, Matters of Hart is an entirely captivating and original exploration of one man’s renewal of spirit and home. … a thoroughly enjoyable novel, difficult to put down once you start reading it. I would recommend it to anyone who yearns to escape the confines of their life or just wishes to be entertained by crisp, meaty prose and a juicy story.
“… a beautifully written, deftly plotted and ironically touched novel. I consumed it in one sitting. Still, it’s the kind of read that makes you stop, put down the book, and get up and walk around muttering ‘bowser’!”