“A powerful, poetic, bawdily funny, and tenderly sad novel about class, about love, about drink, about poetics, about land, and about money” (O, The Oprah Magazine).
Real estate developer Jerry McGuinty is a self-made man from a blue-collar world, a master craftsman who strives to fill the growing Canadian city of Ottawa with beautiful homes and has a soft spot for his alcoholic, unpredictable wife. Simon Struthers is a civil servant from a prominent, wealthy family who shapes land-use policy, and moves between women, consumed by a frantic emptiness.
When their two stories begin to intertwine, their lives and ambitions are set on a collision course. A richly observed story of family, social class, love, and the individual contributions we make to the bigness of the world, Some Great Thing is a reflection on the meaning of home and a “compelling, bawdy debut” (Publishers Weekly).