Mount Pleasant book cover

Mount Pleasant

(2013, Random House)

As he sits at his father's bedside, Harry inevitably daydreams about his inheritance. A couple of his father's millions would rescue him from his ballooning debt — maybe even save his marriage. But when the will is read, all that's left for Harry is $4,200. Dale Salter's money is gone. Out of desperation and disbelief, Harry starts to dig into what happened to the money. As he follows a trail strewn with family secrets and unsavory suspicions, he discovers not only that old money has lost its grip and new money taken on an ugly hue, but that his whole existence has been cast into shadow by the weight of his expectations.In middle age, debt has become the  most significant relationship in Harry Salter's life. He was born to wealthy parents in leafy and privileged Rosedale, at a time when the city was still defined by its WASP elite. But nothing in life has turned out the way Harry was led to expect. He's unsure of his place in society, his marriage is crumbling, his son is bordering on estranged, and on top of it all his father is dying.

Praise for Mount Pleasant

“A wisely, darkly, deeply, hysterically funny novel…. I could have read a thousand pages of Harry Salter's insights into the absurd and terrifying enlightenments of middle age.”

—Linden MacIntyre, award-winning author of Why Men Lie and The Bishop's Man

Freedom’s Walter Berglund, Richler’s Barney, and The Descendant’s Matt King invite a fourth for poker — Harry Salter, hard-wired for irony and marital/parental post mortems.  Don Gillmor’s beautifully written Mount Pleasant is a brilliant comic autopsy of Toronto, the financial tsunami, and a generation — or two.  You’re going to be absolutely wild about Harry!”

—Linda Svendsen