Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 18
- Grade: 12
Famous Last Meals is a trio of contemporary novellas about the roles we play in an inauthentic age when everyone is an actor. The curtain opens on Candidates, a gentle satire starring a recent university grad who knows and cares little about politics but who finds himself working as a summer intern on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Famous Last Meals examines two couples and their complex relationship as they re-enact the final repasts of famous people who died before the age of 30. The Woman in the Vineyard completes the triptych with a compulsive story about literary jealousy and the danger of becoming lost in the labyrinth of another writer's sources.
About the author
Richard Cumyn was born in Ottawa and has degrees in english and education from Queen's University. He is the fiction editor for The Antigonish Review and has published four collections of short fiction: The Limit of Delta Y Over Delta X (Goose Lane), I Am Not Most Places (Beach Holme), Viking Brides (Oberon), and The Obstacle Course (Oberon). Cumyn's short stories have appeared in many Canadian literary publications, including The Journey Prize Anthology. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.