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Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather

Pierre Szalowski


Canongate Classics

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


256 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- An 11yo only child is told just before Christmas 1997, that his parents are separating. He asks the sky to help, and whether it is an answer or not, storms drop an enormous amount of snow on Montreal. This has the effect of his immediate neighbours all having to help each other: the exotic dancer helps the Russian mathematician keep his fish warm so as not to lose the data he is collating on randomness; the gay couple who are pretending to the world that they aren’t, take in the angry bigot and his neglected son – but will all this goodwill help the young boy bring his parents back together? This has been an international bestseller and is a lovely quirky read; I very much enjoyed it! Lindy


When his parents split up, and his dad leaves home, a ten-year-old boy begs the sky to help him. The next day an ice storm covers his city. When the power goes out and the temperature drops, people must turn to each other to survive. But for one neighbourhood the catastrophe brings surprising new beginnings. Julie, the dancer who lives across the street, helps Boris, an eccentric Russian mathematician, save his fish from the cold weather. And the urbane Michel and Simon open their door to Alexis, their embittered neighbour, and his son. But will the ice storm bring the boy's parents back together? Hilarious and heartwarming, Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather reminds us that happy endings might still be possible.

By:   Pierre Szalowski
Imprint:   Canongate Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   186g
ISBN:   9780857861627
ISBN 10:   085786162X
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   January 2013
Recommended Age:   From 0 to 0 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

Pierre Szalowski has been a press photographer, an artistic director in marketing and the vice-president of Ubisoft. These days he is a screenwriter and novelist. Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather is his first book. He lives in Montreal.

* A book that does nothing less than make you happy ... an absolute pleasure France Inter * This novel is full of quiet happiness. It transforms you ... A great breath of truth and good humour, fresh and delicate La Reference * Just a mouthful of a book, but a delicious one Voir Montreal * Naive and unexpected, and very fetching Le Devoir * Szalowski's first novel sets your heart glowing without succumbing to schmaltz Emerald * This funny, touching and highly original novel till not fail to put a smile on your face as well as a spring in your step, when you realise that absolutely anything is possible, hope should never be lost, and wishes really can come true Good Book Guide

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