Hilarious and poignant, Homer in Flight draws a brilliant picture of a chronic malcontent roving from high-rise to housing development along the 401 and the QEW. Homer remains utterly displaced, not because of what other people do or don't do, but because he lives in his imagination instead of embracing an imperfect but fairly benign reality.
About the author
Rabindranath Maharaj, a Trinidadian teacher and journalist, wrote several of the stories in The Interloper during the year he spent in Fredericton. He now writes and teaches in Toronto.
"The beginning of something quite new in the literature of journeys and arrivals."
"The effect is like laughing while you're bleeding to death."
"His hope is infectious; his skill is a pleasure . . . a real awakening."
<i>Books in Canada</i>
"A remarkable achievement . . . Maharaj's characters are vivid and entertaining; Dickensian, in a word."
"Intelligent, ironic and emotionally honest."
<i>Blood & Aphorisms</i>
"A novel of many pleasures . . . A talented and confident writer who has produced a work of unsparing vision and compassion that stays true to the people who inhabit it . . . A rivetting portrait of the immigrant tragedy."
<i>Globe and Mail</i>