Ben Allan, a Montreal literature teacher, finds himself fixated on an obscure mental illness called dromomania: a condition that causes men to abandon their daily routine and go wandering for days, even months. As he juggles strained relationships with his widowed father, his art-therapist wife and his television-addicted teenage son, it comes as no surprise that the idea of walking away from it all becomes so compelling.
Allan is certain he will never wander, but when an attractive young woman with connections to the art world suddenly enters his world, the temptation to stray becomes more than an idle fancy.
Written by award-winning author David Homel, Midway contains everything that readers look for to change their world: engaging characters, entertaining banter, fascinating psychology and a genuine love of life and its everyday comedy.
About the author
David Homel has translated over 30 books, many by Quebec authors. He won the Governor General's Literary Award in translation in 1995 for Why Must a Black Writer Write About Sex? by Dany Laferrière; his translation of Laferrière's How to Make Love to a Negro was nominated in 1988; and he won the prize in 2001 with fellow translator Fred A. Reed for Fairy Wing. His novels, which include Sonya & Jack, Electrical Storms, and The Speaking Cure have been published in several languages. Homel lives in Montreal, Quebec.
- Nominated, QWF Paragraphe Hugh McLennan Prize for Fiction
“Homel writes with remarkable grace about the simplest aspects of life, and the most complicated … a perceptive and thought-provoking exploration into the life of its protagonist.”
Quill and Quire
“[A] finely crafted, intelligent and moving novel … An impressive book that rewards close reading … No matter where you are in your life journey, Midway is a fiction that will provide aesthetic and intellectual sustenance and emotional comfort on the road.”
The Globe and Mail
“Homel’s dialogue [about the time Ben spends with his father] is spot on, capturing the two men as they circle around what is on their minds but can’t bring themselves to articulate.”
Canadian Jewish News