Delving into the concept of identity, this gripping novel tells the story of one man’s complex entanglement with an elite and powerfully wealthy family. Written in forceful and poetic prose, this provocative tale takes an honest look at class and the familial bonds that can both protect and destroy.
Jonathan Bennett is a professor of writing at Trent University. He is the author of After Battersea Park and Verandah People, which was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. His writing has appeared in Antipodes, Descant, the Globe, the Mail, and Quill & Quire. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.
"A damned fine book....Bennett never allows the Aspinalls to sink into parody or cliché. . . . Entitlement has been compared to The Great Gatsby, and I suppose that it's a fair comparison, though unlike Fitzgerald, Bennett seems to understand that prose can be made to do more than evoke a mood and snipe at one's friends." —vestige.org
"The very best of all number of worlds and influences, and so thoroughly enjoyable. Fiction to get lost in, and once you've found your way out, there’s much to reflect on about where you’ve been." —picklemethis.blogspot.com
"Bennett may be a poet, but he’s also a damn fine storyteller, as he proved with his first novel, After Battersea Park, which he proved again in his collection of short stories, 2003’s Verandah People, and which he proves conclusively in Entitlement. Was there ever a question that Jonathan Bennett was fast on his way to cementing his place in Canadian literature? There isn’t anymore." —January Magazine
"Told with conscientious pacing and an eerie final twist." —Quill & Quire
"A brisk Canadian page-turner about the complex relationship between a poor boy and the wealthy, famous family that adopts him....Entitlement embraces the Brideshead themes, but with suspense and drive; I read it in mere hours." —Philadelphia Weekly
"Bennett’s storytelling is effortless in its pace and time shifts, and his dialogue glints like a sharpened knife." —Walrus Magazine
"Bennett demonstrates a real talent for evoking the affectless, indulgent "eccentricities" of the surpassingly (and perpetually) wealthy. . . . He can weave a tale and has the chops to keep it all in a literary vein...this is a good book with a crackerjack ending." —Globe and Mail
"Peterborough author Jonathan Bennett's second full-length novel . . . is a devastatingly earnest examination of power, secrets, and loyalty between friends....Deftly written suspense ultimately gives way to an intense, unforgettable conclusion that will have readers ruminating long after the tale is all told." —Scene Magazine