A zippy read (therefore a good Booker contender according to Stella's jury from a couple of years ago). Funny too, with some good zinger lines. The story was pepped up with a world-weary cynicism. I hugely enjoyed the funny and withering character details and observations of relationships -- they reminded me of Margaret Atwood, and that combined with the subject matter of overwhelming family debt, made me wonder if Atwood's book [b:Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth|3428252|Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328772265s/3428252.jpg|3469132] played any role in the genesis of the idea for the book. I think older readers will appreciate it more -- the anxieties are of the later middle-aged. The younger ones aren't thinking of this stuff yet
There's added resonance for those readers familiar with Toronto.