by Terry Fallis
August 2019 – McClelland & Stewart (Canada)
From two-time Leacock Medal winner Terry Fallis comes a funny and smart new novel about destiny–and what it means to forge your own path.
Adam Coryell is your average high-school student–well, except for that obsession with fountain pens–when his life changes forever. Based on a study by a quirky Swedish professor that claims that every human being, regardless of athletic inclination, has a body that is suited to excel in at least one sport, it turns out that Adam is good–very good, in fact–at golf. Even though he’d never even picked up a golf club.
Almost instantly, and with his coach, hard-nosed Bobbie Davenport by his side, Adam and his new-found talent skyrocket to a prodigy-level stardom that includes tournament titles, sponsorship deals, throngs of fans following his every move, and fodder for tabloids.
But here’s the catch: Adam doesn’t really like golf. And as the life he once knew slips away–including the love of his life, the dream of being a writer, and everyday normalcy–he can’t help but wonder if all this success and fame is worth it . . . or if it’s enough for him.
Heartwarming and funny, sweeping and entertaining, Terry Fallis’s new book takes readers on a journey of self-discovery.
Terry Fallis grew up in Toronto and earned an engineering degree from McMaster University. Drawn to politics at an early age, he worked for cabinet ministers at Queen’s Park and in Ottawa. His first novel, THE BEST LAID PLANS, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, was re-published by McClelland & Stewart to great reviews, was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC’s Canada Reads as « the essential Canadian novel of the decade, » and became a CBC Television series. His next two novels, THE HIGH ROAD and UP AND DOWN were finalists for the Leacock Medal, and in 2015, he won the prize a second time, for his fourth book, NO RELATION. A skilled public speaker, Terry Fallis is also co-founder of the public relations agency Thornley Fallis. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons, and blogs at www.terryfallis.com.
“Fallis writes from another time, when Wodehouse and Leacock and Twain roamed the earth. May he never become extinct.”—Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of A Noise Downstairs
“Booklovers rejoice and buy this book! In ALBATROSS, Terry Fallis has found the antidote for what ails our sorry world. May millions of you benefit!”—Alan Bradley, internationally bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series.