A Week of This: a Novel in Seven Days by Nathan Whitlock

By Nathan Whitlock

Terrific, darkly comedian, and startlingly honest, this novel stick with the lives of a longer relatives over one more and more determined week. Manda is a 38-year-old, tough, sarcastic girl who has but to make peace with the city she used to be dropped at as after her mom and dad' messy divorce during this novel filled with barbed discussion and hilarious, deadpan descriptions of kin dynamics.

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She acted like the house was a sentence. It was rotten, she told him, and way out in the worst end of Dunbridge, practically out in the country. “It’s so old, but not even cool-old,” she said. “It’s just a 27 a week of this big shack. ” Marcus knew she’d tried a couple of times, when they’d first got married, to talk Patrick into moving out of Dunbridge, closer to Toronto, even right into Toronto, but Patrick had the store and was still taking care of his dad. Marcus didn’t know how serious Manda had ever been about leaving.

She’d already hung up. With everything pretty much done he went through his usual half-minute of paralysis, standing and waiting for a gust of mental wind to push him toward closing up completely and going home. 37 a week of this When Patrick first opened the store, he vowed always to stay open a few minutes later than his posted hours and not get into the habit of packing up twenty minutes before closing if it was quiet. He thought this sense of commitment would be felt at some subconscious level by everybody who came into his place, and they would respond in kind by showing him a similar sense of loyalty.

When she went, it was clear Patrick’s dad would follow pretty quickly. Which he did. That meant they got the house. Marcus could never get over how crazy Manda had become about that house. Before Patrick’s father died, she would tell Marcus she didn’t ever want to live there. She acted like the house was a sentence. It was rotten, she told him, and way out in the worst end of Dunbridge, practically out in the country. “It’s so old, but not even cool-old,” she said. “It’s just a 27 a week of this big shack.

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