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Toronto is not a place Daniel Foster wants to be for very long. If not for his daughter Mary being in financial trouble, he would not be here at all. What he really wants is to be back in the Arabian Peninsula or, better yet, on a plane leading to retirement in Thailand. But when the bank that holds his million-dollar savings crashes, he realizes he will be stuck in Toront ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 5th 2011 by Cormorant Books
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Steven Buechler
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the major aspects of the human condition is how humans deal with change. We set ourselves with certain patterns in our lives and then something ‘out of the blue’ happens and we must somehow adjust to that change. It can be quite a shock to the system. That is what happens to the main character of David Penhale’s novel Passing Through and his journey makes for an enlightening read.

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Colin Grieve
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quiet little gem that unexpectedly stuck with me long after I read it in 2012. Perhaps because Foster's journey from self-delusion to a fuller engagement with the world is so secretly terrifying.
Backwater Review
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The sudden redundancy of Penhale's protagonist, Daniel Foster, is a metaphor for the modern world. A man who rode the wave of shady banking and investments finds himself abandoned and bereft by the corporate culture which originally "fostered" him. The writing is wry and the characters unsentimental in this quest for relevance and reinvention.
Ellen Peters
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it


I found a few of the metaphors a bit stretched, but other than that it was an enjoyable and compelling read.
Hadi
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
A gentle book about a man rediscovering what family means. A few slow patches but I really enjoyed the Grandpa hardware store and the relationship between Foster and Shawna.
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