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April 2019 Fiction: Canadian

Dead Celebrities Club
By (author): Susan Swan
9781770865440 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Ontario Apr 27, 2019 Print Run: 3,000
$24.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 0.63 in 256 pages Cormorant Books

Dale Paul is a witty, self-absorbed rogue and the hedge fund whale. He enjoys a life of self-delusion that allows him to gamble other people’s money for his personal enrichment. When his biggest gamble — involving the pensions of the American military — fails, charm and boarding school connections aren’t enough to save Dale Paul from jail time for fraud. Confronted with nothing less than the challenge of understanding himself and his place in the age of the new robber-barons, he has a choice: repair his fractured relationships with his family and become a new man or throw himself into another deadly, high-stakes scheme in an attempt to make himself rich again, gambling this time on the lives and deaths of old, frail celebrities with his fellow inmates. Win or lose, Dale Paul goes through a sea change that may (or may not) make a new man of him. But will the enterprising gambler get caught in his own con?

Susan Swan is the author of author of eight books of fiction, including The Biggest Modern Woman of the World, which was nominated for both the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Books in Canada First Novel Award; the internationally best-selling Wives of Bath; and The Western Light, selected as one of the top ten novels of its year by the Ontario Library Association. Born in Midland, Ontario, she attended McGill University, was professor at York University, and chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Patrick Crean.

  • Advance reading copies for key accounts who promise to hand-sell.
  • National and regional review mailing ( Publishers Weekly, Quill & Quire, Toronto Star, National Post, Globe and Mail)
  • Pitching Susan for a Zoomer Magazine interview.
  • Reading series in the spring: Ottawa and Montreal; in the fall: Vancouver and Toronto.
  • Freelance publicist will be hired to pitch Susan for appearances on television and radio.

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"A must read for the dead pool generation."

- KJ Mullins, Newz4U

“Most of us are waiting for Trump to go to prison… And The Dead Celebrities Club could be a trailer for that movie.” - Marni Jackson, Post Media

“Dale Paul is the archetypal anti-hero of our era & Susan Swan compelling delivers his message.” - Jane Urquhart

"Susan Swan's salacious new novel, THE DEAD CELEBRITIES CLUB, is a tale of greed, hubris and fraud--and the fallout that follows. In other words, it's a financial fable worthy of the age." - KJ Mullins, The Globe and Mail

"Susan Swan's new protagonist, Dale Paul, is a self-obsessed hedge fund guy with a poncy way of speaking and a penchant for playing fast and loose with other people's money. Yes, he's terrible but he's also a terrific character and the reason you will want to keep turning the pages on Swan's latest novel, The Dead Celebrities Club." - Jane Urquhart, Post Media

"Make no mistake: this is a very funny novel." - Literary Review of Canada

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