The Wagers

The Wagers

Book - 2019
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Theo Potiris is a grocer and a comedian who never repeats his jokes. After 15 years of open mikes, he's still waiting for his break--bicycling to the comedy club at night, stacking plums at his family's grand and ramshackle supermarket by day. His girlfriend is halfway around the world, searching for enlightenment with a patron who happens to be the richest man on Earth, and when two other loved-ones get struck by bolts from the blue, Theo decides he can't keep chasing his old dreams any longer. He resolves to trade his wishes in, pursuing a bigger score. First, he joins a mysterious corporation called The Rabbit's Foot, which carefully quantifies and cashes in on luck. Then: to a gang of vigilantes, who recruit Theo to help them steal luck from those who carry more than their fair share.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780735278110
Branch Call Number: FIC MICHA
Characteristics: 368 pages


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Dec 09, 2019

A picaresque personal journey for the main character through an exploration on the nature and meaning of luck. Liked his Us Conductors better but this one is still worth reading. Not as tightly scripted and tries perhaps to include too much in a single story. Enjoyed the distinct flavour of Montreal that infuses the novel. And the characters were engaging - though I can't quite forgive him for killing off one of the most intriguing characters in the first chapter!

debwalker Sep 28, 2019

Literary fireworks from the Giller-winning Michael's.

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