Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 978-0-385-65971-0 (0-385-65971-7)
Pub Date: January 13, 2004
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From the author of the internationally acclaimed The African Safari Papers comes a story of a man caught between civic responsibility and sweet revenge.
Meet Fred Pickle. He has a severe brain injury. For the past seven years Fred has lived under the loving guardianship of his uncle Jack on his sheep farm. Fred’s annual creation of a perfect neighbourhood rink is a joyous quasi-religious ritual for him. And his local NHL team means more to him than it would to the average fan; it renews hope and happiness.
So when the team’s owner announces he is moving the team, Fred’s world begins to fall apart. Torn between the law-abiding influence of Uncle Jack and the radical urgings of Badger, an 81-year-old anarchist, Fred must decide whether a plot of vengeance against the owner is a path to independence or oblivion.
The Horn of a Lamb charts an unforgettable year in the life of the incomparable Fred Pickle, a year that begins with the promise of another hockey season, and ends in a way few could have foreseen -- especially the lambs.
“Until The Horn of a Lamb, no Canadian novelist has documented so intimately and authentically the ongoing creation of popular cultural myth by people telling that set of stories about hockey over bad coffee in donut shops and arena corridors. Sedlack is as fastidious a narrator as Dickens or Hugo.” -- The Globe and Mail
Praise for The African Safari Papers:
“Robert Sedlack has written a spectacular first novel. Hysterically funny and darkly comic. I devoured The African Safari Papers. I want his second novel now.” -- Rick Mercer
"Robert Sedlack is a writer worth watching. Like his narrator, he is articulate, cheeky and, in the best sense, dangerous. Above all, he knows how to keep a reader reading. More please!" --Timothy Findley
Robert Sedlack was born and raised in Calgary. His first novel, The African Safari Papers, has been published in numerous languages and was chosen by The Globe and Mail as a Best Book of 2001. He lives unhappily in Los Angeles, winters joyfully in Jasper, Alberta, and has completed a television movie for CTV.
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