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by Eric Sparling

TANTRAMAR by Eric Sparling

ISBN: 1-55081-257-2
EAN: 978-1-55081-257-2

Price: CDN$15.95

Book Description
This is the story of my mother’s death, my father’s lighthouse, my slutty sister and the dog I betrayed.” A heart-felt, at times funny, coming-of-age story.

Tantramar is a coming of age story set in Nova Scotia about a rather quirky couple who adopt a 16-year-old girl when their son, the main character, is 14. The story involves bullying, pubescent love, cowardice, loyalty to friends and a pet, and a touching relationship with a dog.

“How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? “All you need is one,” my father said, back when he still said things. Thus begins Eric Sparling’s first novel Tantramar. As soon as I read those two sentences I was hooked.

14-year-old Dante “Inferno” Devins is going through a difficult time. His mother has died in a car accident, his father has retreated to the lighthouse he’s built on their inland property and he has just acquired a 16-year-old, adopted sister named Crystal. Eric Sparling has given us a novel that is sensitive, sad / funny and very real.

The characters, especially Dante, leap to life. An important addition to Atlantic fiction.”

– Helen Fogwill Porter, author of January, February, June or July

About the Author
Eric Sparling is a freelance writer and stay-at-home father. The former editor and reporter lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife, daughter, three cats and a dog. "Tantramar" is his first novel.

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