Dave Moore, 41, is an ex-pat Canadian who is doing just great at all the things he never wanted to do, like living in L.A. and slaving at a giant law firm, while his creative dream nears its expiration date. That's when he falls hard for a beautiful co-worker named Maggie, an impish, edgy goddess who sees right into his soul.
So he takes her to the beloved summer cottage of his Canadian youth. Well, not quite. That cottage was sold... but hey, you can see it from the rental place. Which won?t stop Dave from trying to summon the past; but will city girl Maggie, beleaguered by her fear of chamberpots and the natural world, desert him in his quest?
As the story returns to L.A., events close in on Dave. Besieged by his increasingly unbearable day-job and by unresolved issues with his ailing father, he is forced to make a momentous choice: is Maggie the destroyer of his dreams, or is she his only hope?
A brilliant, darkly comic novel about a middle-aged man at a crossroads, ex-Cottagers in Love takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the playful and romantic to deeper, sadder but ultimately more luminous places.
Praise for ex-Cottagers in Love:
"Kearns knows how to craft an evocative passage...the prose sings."
-Danielle Groen, The Globe and Mail
"Will do you proud...We checked with Kearns' publisher: you are allowed to be a current cottager and read his darkly humorous life-, love- and career-crisis novel, ex-Cottagers in Love. You are also allowed to read it if you are not a cottager or not in love. Did we mention that it's set in cottage country?" -The Toronto Star
"Ex-Cottagers in Love is irresistible. The type of post-modern LadLit that is seldom celebrated as sharply as it should be... He's the real deal."
- Linda L. Richards, January Magazine