My rating: 5 of 5 stars
On the verge of waiting for BURN BABY BURN BABY, I read SEBASTIAN’S POET, Kevin Craig’s second novel.
I can’t recall the last time I read a book about men in a domestic situation, with boys needing taking care of, a scene that is mostly seen in novels with women in the roles. The role of caregivers, those that love, those that care for, those that provide, feed the household, show emotions, tears and tenderness. This is not a book about gender, rather it’s a book where gender does not matter. Or does it? Boys and men taking care of one another is important, if it’s a topic that is rarely written about.
For, in this family of boys and men, lies a secret. A secret that needs to be talked about. Throw out the preconceived notions about what it is to be a boy or a man and read on in this story. There are no archetypes here, there is truth and new truths to be laid out.
Craig’s writing is crisp, clear and emotionally packed, reminding me of Nick Hornby’s ABOUT A BOY, another story about humans and their conditions.
Set in Toronto’s Beaches, in what seems to be the early 70s, you may recognize and then fall in love even more when you recognize landmarks. What sticks with me is The Goof, where you could sit and eat a full plate of Chinese food.
The characters will fill you up, satiating your hunger for great characters that you want to hold on to and yet, sorry to have to let go at the end. Leaving you wanting just a bit more of them.
Seconds please, Kevin Craig.