Taking as his inspiration two seminal works, Hugh MacLennan’s Two Solitudes and Dante’s Inferno, Currie finds new meaning in MacLennan’s dichotomy and profane humour in Dante’s divine comedy as he tells the story of one man’s search for redemption. Ian’s downward spiral is an unconventional one: he tells his sad and woeful tale to a nun-turned-torch singer in a dingy club, and he is sidetracked by baseball games and temporary amnesia. As Ian loves and leaves a succession of women and career paths, we come to understand him and his changing world, and root for him to find a star to guide him home.
Sheldon Currie was a Professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University and the fiction editor of the Antigonish Review. He now writes full time. The film Margaret’s Museum, featuring Helena Bonham Carter as Margaret, one of Currie’s most magnificent characters, is based on one of his short stories and includes episodes from several other pieces of his work. He has published two collections of short stories and three previous novels, the bestselling Down the Coaltown Road, The Company Store and The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum. He lives in Nova Scotia.