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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Literary and whimsical, Paradise is a coming-of-age story of first gay love. Set in an idyllic Toronto summer—an Eden—before the era of dating apps, Chris must confront his truth and the darker forces that slither in the shadows. Enlivened by a troop of supporting characters, the story careens through the big questions, suggesting that the paradise of love might be as near ...more
Paperback, Second, 204 pages
Published June 2021 by Ganymede Press
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Kate Morrow
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not always a literary fiction gal (confession: I've read the Twilight series) but I know good writing when I read it, or at least writing that moves me. Paradise did just that. It feels so personal, but also relatable. I can't say I know much about living in Toronto or the experience of coming-of-age in that time, but you capture the atmosphere of summer love and all the magic and woes that can surround it so beautifully. I have circled so many sections with with big smileys! I want to say y ...more
Ann Sommers
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an exquisite, poetic novel. It's been a long time since my university days, but I found myself easily inhabiting this world again. I haven't visited Toronto or any of the places in the book, but they were rendered with such care and detail that I imagine they'll feel vivid for any reader. As far as coming-of-age stories go, this one is certainly an unorthodox take on the familiar—at turns whimsical and mundane, the story feels a bit like a day dream a beautiful summer day. ...more
Alex Tokhov
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful and unconventional story of first love. Filled with references to a time past, it feels nostalgic but still relevant to the experiences of young gay men. Some of the events are what you might expect from a coming-of-age type story (first intimacy, self-doubt, self-discovery), but the delivery is unexpected and whimsical. Bits of poetry rise up in the middle of what should be mundane events. But that's the magic here. The mundane isn't so mundane when looked at through a lens of first ...more
Cory James
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, this is literary fiction. If readers are expecting some breezy summer romp, this probably isn't for them. This is a book to savour, despite some of its challenges. It's obviously beautifully written and captures the spirit of a memorable summer of love. The characters—particularly some of the minor characters—are very vivid and funny. Alice, for one, seems like a girl I'd like to be friends with! I don't know that the protagonist, Chris, is a fully-realized character, but that could very ...more
Amy Scott
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Atmospheric and visual ... like the story is describing a film or a faded photograph - the mind wanders. Liked the pacing and scene shifts. The backdrop of a campus summer where a secret movie is being filmed is very appropriate ... a movie in a book, a book in a movie. Quite breezy and fun, all said. Lovely read!
Jeffrey Sobel
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s not often that nuanced poetic prose is accompanied by wit and charm, but that’s exactly what @thecorypictorial accomplishes in his debut novel, ‘Paradise’.
The feeling of young summer love permeates each page as Chris, naive yet bold, hopeful yet hapless, falls for 18-going-on-45 Jake, and in doing so tumbles down the rabbit’s hole to the harsh reality outside his bubble. Reading it I’m 19, awkward and in love all over again.
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Daniel McClure
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nostalgic not sentimental. Charming not sanguine. Beautifully written without being too showy. The book captures the many feelings of first love and that illusion of an endless summer like few I've read. I've never been to Canada but Toronto sounds like a place I'd like to visit. The descriptions are written with a lot of generosity (and probably taken from experience). I was a little put off by one of the main characters (likely a result of my own experiences), but that's not a fault of the aut ...more
Denton Rogers
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very vivid imagery — cinematic even. Well paced and enjoyable. A charming, quirky, and occasionally dark story. Also, I think I’ve met Mystique before ;) Well done!
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the publisher description I didn't know what I was getting into but ended up enjoying it. Very vivid and original descriptions. ...more
Fortuna Serge
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libro muy especial! Loved it!
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Kit Ingram is a queer Canadian writer based in London. His poetry has earned short-listings for the Bridport Prize and Fish Prize, and his fiction a long-listing for the Grindstone Literary Novel Prize, among others.

In 2019, he published Paradise, a novel, with Ganymede Press and in late 2021 will publish his debut poetry collection Alice and Antius with Penrose Press.

Raised in Calgary, Alberta, o

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“Some people will tell you that Toronto, in the summer, is the nothing more than a cesspool of pollution, garbage, and the smells of a hundred ethnicities competing for top spot in a race won historically by curry, garlic, and the occasional cauldron of boiled cabbage. Take a walk down College Street West, Gerrard Street East, or the Danforth, and you'll see; then, they add—these people, complaining—that the stench is so pervasive, so incorrigible, nor merely for lack of wind, but for the ninety-nine percent humidity, which, after a rainstorm, adds an eradicable bottom-note of sweaty Birkenstocks and the organic tang of decaying plant life. This much is true; there is, however, more to the story. Take a walk down the same streets and you'll find racks of the most stunning saris—red with navy brocade, silver, canary, vermillion and chocolate; marts with lahsun and adrak, pyaz and pudina; windows of gelato, zeppole, tiramisu; dusty smoke shops with patio-bistros; you'll find dove-white statuary of Olympian goddesses, mobs in blue jerseys, primed for the World Cup—and more, still, the compulsory banter of couples who even after forty years can turn foul words into the bawdiest, more unforgettable laughter (and those are just the details). Beyond them is the container, the big canvas brushed with parks and valleys and the interminable shore; a backdrop of ferries and islands, gulls and clouds—sparkles of a million wave-tips as the sun decides which colours to leave on its journey to new days. No, Toronto, in the summer, is the most paradisiacal place in the world.” 5 likes
“His hands were magnets—shifting polarities—drawn and repelled to the unknown parts of another man's body.” 3 likes
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