This is a wonderful fictional story about Thomas MacMillan’s childhood. It is a coming of age novel that is written very well and captivating as well as entrancing. It is a story that you won’t want to put down until you have finished reading it.
The story is uniquely imagined and vividly evoked. Thomas MacMillan was raised in a small town in Southern Ontario in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
At a very early age, Thomas is abandoned to the care of his eccentric Trinidadian grandmother. Then at ten, his mother, Katarina, reclaims him. She takes him to Ottawa to the beautiful Victorian home of Henry Wing, a gentle conjurer whose love of science and the imagination becomes and important legacy for Thomas.
But is this person Thomas’s father? This is a question that is hard to answer even as the story progresses. He certainly acts like his father. And Thomas certainly looks up to him and he spends some quality time with him too. He also influences Thomas’s mind and heart.
This story is moving and wryly humorous. It is about man’s quest for what is long, brining him closer to the truth about himself.
This is a story that is as splendid as it is captivating.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth