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Your Secrets Sleep With Me

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Toronto's CN Tower has fallen into the lake. The city is crowded with refugees from the US. Michael and Ruth Racco's dad has, in a rash of road rage, perpetrated the Backhoe Massacre. And, in the middle of it all, little Jimmy Hardcastle has, in the fountain of a suburban mall, walked on water. As helicopters chop the air over Toronto and a paranoid America slides into fas ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published May 19th 2000 by Coach House Books
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Glenn Sumi
Reading playwright Darren O'Donnell's debut novel, you feel like you're sitting at one of his plays. Throughout Your Secrets Sleep With Me, we're told by the narrator to do certain things. Consider this. Smell that. Look carefully at the person sitting near us.

It's an intimate feeling, and it's relevant because O'Donnell's trying to capture all the swirling sensations and ideas involved in fully experiencing our self-conscious metropolis.

Set during a tumultuous summer after the U.S. has declared
This novel is one of the strangest, most beautiful books I've read, and certainly one of the most politically perceptive.
My review in New York Press, 6.29.05

An electric current of upset drives Your Secrets Sleep with Me like a gale behind dominos. Things fall over; things fall apart. As the book opens, a wave of refugees enters Toronto from Canada's unstable southern neighbor, where the president has put the country on red alert.

Sixteen-year-old Kaliope Vally got out a couple days earlier, "before the streets started crawling with military, doors got busted down and people dragged away." At age eight, little Rani
Smart, random passages. No real discernible plot. Shruggable at best.
This is the first book like this I've ever read. I loved it. Why the half star deduction? Found the ending fell a little flat. Still, a great book that I have many highlights from, and will be reading again.
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