Something Drastic is a first-rate comedy wrapped in a clever story starring eccentrics galore. When her boyfriend dumps her, Lenore writes long letters to him while her own life takes her on a roller coaster of emotions and events.
About the author
Montreal playwright and performer Colleen Curran is the author of many popular dramas for theatre and radio. Her first novel, Something Drastic, was a finalist for the first Prix Parizeau, and Nicola Cavendish's reading of it is a perennial favourite on CBC Radio's Between the Covers.
Something DrasticThis is a hilarious epistolary novel set in Montreal, by a dramatist with a fine sense of timing. I love main character Lenore, who goes on a journey of self-discovery after her boyfriend leaves her on Boxing Day.
Lenore awakens to the emergent feminism that is all around her (thanks mainly to her upstairs tenant, Concordia professor Heidi Flynn) and gets involved in all sorts of activities. She begins to develop friends of her own and make decisions based on her own desires. Despite this earnest description, this book is so very funny. Even upon rereading I've laughed each time.
I love epistolary novels, and this one is a reliably entertaining choice. I think it has been unjustly overlooked as a great Canadian read!