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Sparrow Nights

A Novel

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April 1, 2009 | Paperback | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4, 224 pages | ISBN 9781582434780
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Everyone would agree that Darius Halloway was the most civilized of men, a professor of French literature; a connoisseur of ideas, beautiful women, and fine wine; a perfect guest at life’s dinner party. Darius himself would have especially agreed until Emma, waifish and insatiable Emma, leaves her empty clothes hangers rattling in his closet and walks out the door.

For a little while, it’s not so bad. He’s in shock. He thinks she will come back. Other women find his melancholy quite compelling, and there are compensations to be had. But then the sparrows of insomnia start picking at the inside of his skull. Life’s little aggravating moments suddenly seem to require him to seek direct retaliation. Soon, all his smoothness and cleverness are directed toward wreaking the most elaborate revenge—until there he is, in the most damning of situations, with his nerves on fire and his heart in his throat.

About David Gilmour

David Gilmour is an award-winning journalist and author of Lost Between Houses and Perfect Night to Go to China. The Film Club, a father-son memoir, is his most recent critically acclaimed book. Gilmour is the Pelham Edgar Visiting Professor at Victoria College, University of Toronto, and lives in Toronto.

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"Gilmour is a fine writer with a sardonic sense of humour."

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