Basement Suite, Susan Farrell (Cape Breton University Press)

Cape Breton author captures youthful subterranean living

Frank Lloyd Wright was a genius to refuse basements in his classic designs. We see why in Cape Breton author Susan Farrell's debut novel, Basement Suite. Liz and Eddy are a pair of 20nothings in a serious relationship living underground in a rainy Vancouver. Their subterranean suite is a metaphor for their emotional purgatory. It's a refreshingly real relationship---strong, but built on misconceptions, manipulation and deceit. Farrell uses an unnecessary and distracting relationship survey to propel the story, but it allows action to happen "off-camera." Piece by piece, their stories build to a shocking conclusion about modern life and love stuck in a basement suite.

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