Larkhill, Ontario. 1989. A city on the brink of utter economic collapse. On the brink of violence.
Driving home one night, unlikely passengers Jamie Garrison and Moses Moon hit a lion at eighty miles an hour. Both men stumble away from the freak accident relatively unharmed, but neither reports the bizarre incident.
No one says anything at all.
Haunted by the dead lion they left behind, both men go their separate ways. Moses storms through frozen city with his pathetic crew of wannabe skinheads as they search for his mentally unstable brother. Across town, Jamie struggles with raising his young daughter following a terrible divorce and a dead-end job behind the counter in a butcher shop, where a dead body shows up in the waste buckets out back. A deliberate warning of something far worse to come.
Somewhere out there in the dark, a man is still looking for his lion.
His name is Astor Crane, and he has never really understood forgiveness.
Andrew F. Sullivan is from Oshawa, ON. His debut short story collectionAll We Want is Everything (ARP Books, 2013) was one ofThe Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2013. Sullivan no longer spends his days handling raw meat, boxes of liquor or used video games.Waste is his first novel.