The Geography of Pluto

Pluto_coverThe Geography of Pluto
Cormorant Books

The Geography of Pluto

Twenty-eight-year-old Will, a teacher living in Montreal, has spent the last few months recovering from a breakup with his first serious boyfriend, Max. He has resumed his search for companionship, but has he truly moved on? Will’s mother Katherine – one of the few people, perhaps the only one, who loves him unconditionally – is also in recovery, from a bout with colon cancer that haunts her body and mind with the possibility of relapse. Having experienced heartbreak, and fearful of tragedy, Will must come to terms with the rule of impermanence: to see past lost treasures and unwanted returns, to find hope and solace in the absolute certainty of change. In The Geography of Pluto, Christopher DiRaddo perfectly captures the ebb and flow of life through the insightful, exciting, and often playful story of a young man’s day-to-day struggle with uncertainty.

“The only novel I know of that climaxes with a colonoscopy, The Geography of Pluto provides an honest and moving account of one gay man’s life in Montreal. Friendship, desire, rejection, first love, and, above all, the bond between parent and child, are dramatized with deceptive simplicity. Embellished with a strong sense of place and season, its real location is the human heart — which is why I could not put it down.”

Andrew Holleran, author of Dancer from the Dance

“DiRaddo’s novel is a loving and tender exploration of the complexities of our hearts, the murky waters of identity and our ever-evolving connection to the people we hold close.”

Brian Francis, author of Fruit

“The book’s crystalline prose makes for an incredibly smooth read… It’s a simple story of romantic loss, of family loss, of friendships stretched to the limit, almost for the purposes of seeing if they’re truly worth the effort.”

— Rob Sherren, Montreal Review of Books

“(The) book is so sharply written and so full of insights into the human condition… DiRaddo has crafted a fine book about one young gay man’s struggle to realize his first big relationship really is over while holding his mother’s hand as she struggles through a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Set in Montreal’s gay milieu in the 1990s, The Geography of Pluto is one of those books that gets better as you keep reading, a rare combination of thoughtful writing that’s also hugely entertaining.”

— Matthew Hays, Daily Xtra

“Vividly redolent of a specific time and place — Montreal’s Gay Village of the mid-noughties — The Geography of Pluto breaks out of any possible period or genre constraints to achieve a true universality and immediacy.”

Ian McGillis The Montreal Gazette

“… a love letter to Montreal.”

— Tara-Michelle Ziniuk, The National Post

“… a heartfelt story about a young man trying to find his place in the world.”

— Candace Ferile, Quill and Quire

“… a sharply written time capsule of gay Montreal in the 1990s.”

— Michael-Oliver Harding, Nightlife

“Masterfully told, full of heart and heartbreak… a terrific debut that will have you mulling over the characters long after you’ve finished. They resonate that strongly. Highly recommended.”

Jerry L. Wheeler, Out in Print

“DiRaddo writes about Montréal as though it were a character in the story, bringing it to life even for readers who aren’t familiar with the bars and stretches of sidewalk that his characters inhabit… Will’s story is universal, and the ordinary way in which it is told emphasizes this universality while making it accessible to a large constellation of readers.”

Su J. Sokol, Matrix Magazine

“Loss, grief, mourning, The Geography of Pluto explores the emotional pain of separation with a simple story and beautiful writing. It brought me so close to Will, makes his experience so vivid to me, that I forgot several times that this novel was a fiction. Will Ambrose feels so real, so ordinary, and his struggles so terribly familiar, that everyone will recognize a bit of himself in The Geography of Pluto. I can’t recommend this book enough.”

Angélique, Maple Books

“Will Ambrose’s life is not a life of great events happening on a world stage but rather small ‘normal’ life happening quietly in a regular world. DiRaddo has written this book in the first person and by the final page Will has become a friend you know well enough to call on the phone and have a chat with. Although Will has set up emotional barriers between himself and the people in his life, he is very open with us readers.”

Scott Sheidlower, American Library Associations’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Round Table

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Cover photo: Vincent Fortier


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