This is a book about three generations of an unusual family, the Heyerdahls, lesser adventurers all. In 1971 a young man walks 1,200 km, from Halifax to Montreal, to stand on a bridge at midnight and become a photographer. He meets a woman who builds motorcycles as a hobby and in 1977 they travel across Canada on her fast motorcycles to attend an exhibition of his pictures of her in Vancouver. In 2021 their daughter-in-law is a beekeeper on city rooftops, a 12-year-old boy skips school to go downtown and learn how other people live, and an old man takes LSD, trying to cure the numbness that has overtaken him. Written in a series of 53 chapters, this is a story about how family can be our one place in the world.
About the author
Jack Hannan has been a hotwalker, a typesetter for Fred Louder, a bookseller, and a publisher. He is a novelist and poet who lives in Montreal, Canada, not far from the house where he was born. His first book was published in 1977, and his first novel, The Poet is a Radio, was published in 2016. His work has been shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. His family knows he is either at home or will be back soon.