The Incident Report takes the pulse of our fragmented urban existence with detachment and wit. Set in the heart of Toronto, at the Allan Gardens Public Library, home to the mad and the marginalized, the novel is both a mystery and an erotic love story, told in 144 brief lyric reports that ricochet off each other to form an utterly unusual and compelling novel.
How do we choose to whom we tell our stories? Ulrike Hugenot is a young pianist who arrives home at her Berlin apartment to discover a fat envelope stuffed into her mailbox. She is astonished when she realizes that it is from Beatrice Mann, a Canadian sculptor – a friend of her father and, Ulrike suspects, his lover. What could this woman possibly have to say to her? And why now, seven years after her father, Gustave’s death?
Eugenie Balashovskaya’s 90 year life may be drawing to a close, but her Paris apartment is brimming with activity. Anna, a young Canadian student renting a room from Eugenie, has brought with her disturbing shadows from the past. Years ago, when Eugenie’s daughter, Rose, drowned in the Seine, only Anna’s mother was present.
A compelling portrayal of the troubled relationships which bind together the Maclaren family, and of the secret events in the lives of two sisters.