Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant

[a Novel]

Book - 2013
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In middle age, debt has become the most significant relationship in Harry Salter's life. He was born to wealthy parents in leafy and privileged Rosedale, at a time when the city was still defined by its WASP elite. But nothing in life has turned out the way Harry was led to expect. He's unsure of his place in society, his marriage is crumbling, his son is bordering on estranged, and on top of it all his father is dying.
 
As he sits at his father's bedside, Harry inevitably daydreams about his inheritance. A couple of his father's millions would rescue him from his ballooning debt--maybe even save his marriage. But when the will is read, all that's left for Harry is $4200. Dale Salter's money is gone. Out of desperation and disbelief, Harry starts to dig into what happened to the money. As he follows a trail strewn with family secrets and unsavory suspicions, he discovers not only that old money has lost its grip and new money taken on an ugly hue, but that his whole existence been cast into shadow by the weight of his expectations.

Publisher: Toronto, OIN : Random House Canada, c2013
ISBN: 9780307360724
Branch Call Number: GILLM
Characteristics: 291 p

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wiredonjava
Apr 03, 2015

Hamilton Book Club choice for April 2015

brianreynolds Jul 03, 2014

As much as I moon over the city and envy those who can afford to live there, remembering Toronto was not enough to make me love Gillmor’s Mount Pleasant. Perhaps the satire was too obvious or the characters too unlikeable. Perhaps the problems of debt and consumer confidence don’t seem very real in Rosedale under any coloured spotlight. I wasn’t “wild about Harry,” nor did I break into hysterical laughter at his cupidity or foolishness. It was, however, an easy journey with no great emphasis on clown-mayors or the last time the Leafs won the Cup.

sharonbrown_2 Feb 11, 2014

Expecting a large inheritance from his father that would fix the problems in Harry's life, Harry was shocked by the pittance he received. Harry set about trying to find out what happened to the money. Through his search he learned that he was wrong about a lot of things causing him to re-examine what really matters. A thought-provoking and entertaining book but a bit slow moving. I give it 3 stars.

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bbb1771
Sep 07, 2013

One of the most complete and compelling works of fiction I've read in years. Set in Toronto, it manages to captures both a moment in history (2008 meltdown and its aftermath) and the timelessness of the middle aged man and his struggle to resolve the relationship between money and self-worth.

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stewstealth
Aug 16, 2013

An excellent novel about life and achievements or lack thereof. This novel is well written and quite captivating. Definitely worth reading, probably best for middle aged and up.
( Note: the setting for this book is in Toronto)

Cdnbookworm Jul 12, 2013

This novel centers around the middle-aged Harry Salter, a non-tenured university professor with a mountain of debt. Harry has been expecting to inherit from his wealthy father, but when his father dies most of the money is gone and Harry gets only $4200. Harry is desperate enough that he can't accept this, and he tries to figure out what happened to the money.
Besides this more revelations await Harry and he begins to realize how disengaged his life is, that his marriage is in trouble and he barely talks to his son. He connects his own situation and his family history with his class at university. This is a story about money and debt and the place we give them in our lives. A story of expectations and entitlement, and the scheming that goes on behind the scenes.

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sedaris
May 28, 2013

This book is probably one of the best books I have read in years. Amazing, descriptive sentences, memorable snippets of dialogue to cherish. A fabulous author with an amazing pedigree. Highly recommended!

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