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Edward Phillips.

Toronto, McClelland and Stewart, c1984.
224pp, cloth, $18.95.
ISBN 0-7710-69994.

Grades 12 and up.
Reviewed by Jean Keenan.

Volume 12 Number 5
1984 September

Frank Clark is a self-centred, egotistical, and avaricious old man. At seventy, he realizes that he may not have much more time to realize his dream, an art gallery that would be a monument to his name. He persuades his elderly mother to sign a power-of-attorney in his favour and then proceeds to sell her diamonds, her silver tea service, and her stocks and bonds for cash. This fool-proof plan is threatened by an unforeseen accident and he finds himself besieged by a nosy aunt, a morally upright sister, and his cousin Estelle, an aging operatic star who pays an unexpected and badly-timed visit. This is a delightful, suspenseful, witty novel set in Montreal and written by an accomplished Canadian author.

Edward Phillips has lived most of his life in Westmount, Montreal. He has degrees in law, teaching, and English literature and is a successful painter in Montreal but spends most of his time writing. His first novel, Sunday's Child,* published in 1981, was an immediate best-seller and his short stories have appeared in several magazines. One story won first prize in the Cross-Canada Writers annual writing competition in 1983. Recommended for high school and public libraries.

*Reviewed vol. X/2 1982 p.88.

Jean Keenan, Leaside H. S., Toronto, ON.
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