Books: J.D. Goossens

Charmingly awkward Nathan Mills has never told the truth about his relationship with Layne Rhodes. Now he’s coming clean for the first time. How he fled the even flow of small town Ontario for fast-paced Vancouver. His endearingly clumsy go at independence — including follies as a boyish salesman in the cutthroat paint industry. Crowned by the funnelling events that led to his rooming with Layne. But through his tales of their circuslike time spent together, Nathan may discover that setting the record straight can be more complicated than you imagine.

An unexpected celebration of the city of Vancouver, To Lain Roads is a comic work of literary fiction that triumphs in smoking out stark humour, and hope, from the oddest of people and places.Born of elementary school teachers. Dragged himself up, a little to the left, and out of the middle class to waiter for his middle classmen and receive modest royalties for his debut novel To Lain Roads. An early draft of this first offering was long listed for the SFU Writer’s Studio 1st Book Prize (top 9 in Canada) and has received a whack of critical acclaim, including comparisons with Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces.