Set in Toronto’s seedy underbelly, The Green Hotel challenges our notions of “Toronto the good”. Rich in detail, the book engages us with gritty realism and a startling portrayal of a life steeped in sex, drugs and pyromania as a young man tries to cope with the anxiety of co-existing with a suicidal father. Despite the all-enveloping despair, the main character, through moments of deep reflection and self-awareness, manages to harvest some light from the darkness.
The Green Hotel
What people are saying:
Effortless, hypnotic…a touching and devastating portrait…readers will be amazed.
- — Quill & Quire
This is a remarkably intelligent and moving book. Gilmour’s writing is as lean and honest as Ben Lerner’s, as muscular at Atticus Lish’s. As graceful as James Salter’s. As sweet as…I can’t think of anybody. I’m so grateful that this novel was recommended to me.
- — Barbara Gowdy, author of Falling Angels
This book addresses themes of addiction, love and loss, all cloaked in an extended religious metaphor; Father, son and holy spirits. Gilmour shines…
- — Rabble.ca