A place of pressure and contradictions, St. Ebury is an exclusive boarding school for the children of Canada's elite, where boys must act as men while navigating their adolescence, a mixed school with only a handful of girls. Fall is the most beautiful. Noel, a clever, ghostly loner, is certain that one day Fall will come to know him deeply. But like everyone else, she is drawn to Julius, the confident and magnetic son of the American ambassador to Canada. At the beginning of their final year, the two boys room together and while Julius grows physically closer to Fall, Noel's boisterous enthusiasm shades into something darker. A disturbing and unforgettable story of guilt, memory, and confused identity, Colin McAdam's second novel is a work of power, pitch-perfect observation, and searing ambition.
Colin McAdam has written for Harpers’ and The Walrus. His novel Some Great Thing won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in the U.K. His second novel, Fall, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and awarded the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennon Prize. He lives in Toronto.