Peter Bayle - heavy drinker, philosopher, scholar, anemic lover - is in Kansas, writing a feature on middle America's newfound love for hockey. Along with sportsfans, however, he meets a morphine-injecting reverend, a reviled reporter, and a drug salesman. Obsessed by his self-destructive new friends, Bayle abandons the project and returns home to confront a future and a girlfriend he may no longer want.
Ray Robertson is the author of the novels Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, What Happened Later, and David, as well as two collections of non-fiction: Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing and, most recently, Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, which was short-listed for the Hillary Weston Prize for non-fiction and long-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction. He lives in Toronto.