Toby, A Man

Toby, A Man

A Novel

Book - 2010
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TV presenter and man-about-town Toby Ménard has it all. But in the days after his
father has a startling accident, Toby makes a series of terrible, wincing choices. As a result, he is fired from his job as an etiquette commentator and loses his superb condo, his beautiful girlfriend and his beloved BMW. Worse still, he must move back to the grey Montreal suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeaux and live in his parents’ basement.

With his silent BlackBerry and a sudden absence of friends or saviours, Toby feels he has reached the limits of misery and humiliation. But his father’s increasingly frightening behaviour is where the real troubleand risklies. Who is this man? What can Toby do? Then, in a moment of misplaced gallantry, Toby encounters an unstable francophone mother who disappears and abandons her two-year-old son, Hugo, to his care. Trapped with a toddler and forced to deal with his father’s tragedies, Toby emerges from the basement bungalow of his lifemuddy, broke, bruised, heartbrokenbut, finally, a man.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781554684397
Branch Call Number: BAB
Characteristics: 330 p


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Cdnbookworm May 18, 2011

Toby grew up in Montreal and now works for a TV station there doing a show on etiquette for the modern man. The night before the election, Toby finds his father sitting in his parents' driveway in their car, which is on fire. Trying to cope with this incident, his father's increasingly strange behaviour, and his own lack of courage in dealing with it, Toby struggles through the night. Faced with the added distress of the betrayal of his girlfriend, he undergoes a minor meltdown on live television. This causes him to lose his job. Having lived beyond his means in order to play the "successful man about town," he swiftly also loses his car and condo and is back living in his parents' basement.
When a brief encounter with a female in distress leads her to dump her toddler on him without warning and disappear, his life becomes something he doesn't recognize. As he takes the advice of old friends and family, he finds a new purpose to his life and finds that being a man means more than handkerchiefs and dressing well. A real eye-opener.

Jan 16, 2011

A light-hearted novel, with funny observations, somewhat unrealistic events, and touching in places.

It tells the story of a man as he evolves from a self-centered and affected 'gentleman' to a genuine 'man' with values and emotions.

Good for a casual read. Average.

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