has_publisher_logo

Advanced Search
 

Add Best Comp

Add comparable title

Remove comparable title

October 2021 Canadian Fiction

more
  • Other Formats

    9780771096303 Electronic book text, EPUB 9780771096310 Downloadable audio file 9780771096327 Downloadable audio file, Library binding,
  • Sales Rights

    For sale with exclusive rights in: AS CA GU MP PH PR UM US VI For sale with non-exclusive rights in: AD AE AF AI AL AM AO AQ AR AT AW AX AZ BA BE BF BG BH BI BJ BL BO BQ BR BT BV BY CD CF CG CH CI CK CL CM CN CO CR CU CV CW CZ DE DJ DK DO DZ EC EE EG EH ER ES ET FI FM FO FR GA GE GF GL GN GP GQ GR GT GW HK HM HN HR HT HU ID IL IQ IR IS IT JO JP KG KH KM KP KR KW KZ LA LB LI LR LT LU LV LY MA MC MD ME MF MG MH MK ML MN MO MQ MR MX NC NE NF NI NL NO NU OM PA PE PF PL PM PS PT PW PY QA RE RO RS RU RW SA SD SE SG SI SJ SK SM SN SR SS ST SV SX SY TD TF TG TH TJ TK TL TM TN TR TW UA UY UZ VA VE VN WF WS YT Not for sale in: AG AU BB BD BM BN BS BW BZ CC CX CY DM FJ FK GB GD GG GH GI GM GS GY IE IM IN IO JE JM KE KI KN KY LC LK LS MM MS MT MU MV MW MY MZ NA NG NP NR NZ PG PK PN SB SC SH SL SO SZ TC TO TT TV TZ UG VC VG VU YE ZA ZM ZW
  • Supply Detail

    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: Not yet available On Sale Date: Oct 26, 2021 Carton Quantity: 24 $22.95 CAD
    $16.95 USD
  • Catalogues

The Spirits Up
A Novel
By (author): Todd Babiak

ISBN:

9780771096242

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General/trade
Oct 26, 2021
$22.95 CAD
Forthcoming

Dimensions:

7.98in x 5.19 x 0.78 in | 0.59 lb

Page Count:

288 pages
McClelland & Stewart
FICTION / Satire
Warm, witty, and unsettling all at once, here is an unforgettable story of a family desperate for something to believe in.





Benedict is an inventor whose life’s work is a clean energy machine. It has just made him an overnight sensation and his family is suddenly wealthy. Benedict’s wife, Karen, and his teenage daughters, Charlotte and Poppy, are proud of him. But there are problems Benedict is too busy to see: Karen is deeply unhappy in the marriage and contemplating an affair, Charlotte, who is dealing with a chronic illness, is growing more and more distant, and Poppy is cracking under the pressures of her social circle. And there’s another problem. Benedict holds a rather terrible secret about his clean energy machine.



Then, on Halloween night, an accident threatens to make everything far worse for the family. The accident kicks off a series of hauntings in their beautiful, historic home in affluent Belgravia, and the ghosts make it clear that they want something from them. Karen has to save her daughters — and herself. Meanwhile, Benedict is consumed by the knowledge that he has to achieve the impossible by Christmas. As time ticks ever closer to the revelation of his secret, he spirals further into despair…



The Spirits Up is the story of a family haunted by the charmlessness of middle age and the cruelties of modern teenage life. Part social satire and part contemporary ghost story (with a hint of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol), it is an exploration of a timeless question: what happens when there’s nothing to believe?   





Story Locale: Contemporary North America

COMPS & AUDIENCE: How to Stop Time, Matt Haig; Us Against You, Fredrik Backman; Albatross, Terry Fallis;

PERENNIAL APPEAL: Timeless storytelling with the potential to be a yearly favourite.

STRONG HOOK: A contemporary ghost story (with echoes of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol) that takes on anxieties around privilege, environmental catastrophe, material wealth, and social isolation.

POTENTIAL TO EXPAND READERSHIP: A different kind of novel for house author, Todd Babiak. The story is pitched perfectly for this moment of collective personal/social/political reckoning and the satire is sharp, but the characters are deeply human.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter @babiak: 13.1k followers; author’s site: toddbabiak.com

TODD BABIAK’s most recent novels are The Empress of Idaho, Son of France, and Come Barbarians, which was a Globe and Mail Book of the Year and a number one bestseller. His earlier work includes The Garneau Block, which was a national bestseller, a longlisted title for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the winner of the City of Edmonton Book Prize; The Book of Stanley; and Toby: A Man, which was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal and won the Alberta Book Award for Best Novel. Todd Babiak is the co-founder of Story Engine and CEO of Brand Tasmania. He currently lives with his family in Hobart. 

Author Residence: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Author Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Marketing: US Plans:



Advance mailing to trade publications for reviews

Pitch for national reviews

Goodreads promotion

NetGalley promotion





Author Website: toddbabiak.com

Author Social Media: @babiak

Praise for Todd Babiak

The Empress of Idaho

 
“If Gillian Flynn, Richard Ford, Vladimir Nabokov, and John Irving got together to write a novel, they would come up with The Empress of Idaho. Plan ahead before you start—once you do, you will not be able to stop.” —Cathal Kelly, author of Boy Wonders
 
“Todd Babiak’s writing is so perceptive and witty, his characters so thick with life that you’ll find yourself carried along the novel’s twists and turns…Part dark comedy, part thriller, and part coming-of-age tale, The Empress of Idaho is a kaleidoscope of masterful storytelling.” —Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine
 
“An achingly tender read shot through with Babiak’s humour and grace, this novel charms you as it haunts you. I could not put it down.” —Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker
 
“Babiak skillfully develops his characters and their connections in a manner which reveals their individual depths…. A powerful, unsettling novel.” —Toronto Star
 
“Babiak has created a wholly believable boy on the verge of manhood…The Empress of Idaho is a brave book. [A] challenging and compulsively readable novel.” —Quill & Quire

 
The Book of Stanley
 
“Babiak has a keen eye for human foibles and our willful blindness of our own self-delusions.” —Edmonton Journal
 
“Todd Babiak is my new favourite social satirist.” —Toronto Star
 
“[A] mix of tenderness, kookiness, and high-spirited blasphemy…The Book of Stanley gives us a divinity for our noisy, coarse times.” —The Gazette
 
“Babiak skewers all and sundry…with relentless good humour and keen wit. The strong cast of characters and sense of unpredictability will keep most readers plunging through the brief, almost capsule-like chapters.” —National Post
 
 
The Garneau Block

“This novel is fast-paced, savvy, bursting with vivid characters. Satire that sucker punches everything sacred. Babiak comes out swinging.” —Lisa Moore, author of Caught

“As only the best writers can, Todd Babiak has taken a small patch of turf and, through sparkling satire and a passionate eye, made it a world. A neighborhood in Edmonton is about to get a lot of honorary citizens.” — Ian McGillis, author of A Tourist’s Guide to Glengarry

“Mr. Babiak is blazing a trail—every city should have a story like this.”— Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
 
“Babiak’s language isn’t lofty, but dense with keen observation—highlighting the beauty, kindness, cynicism, sense of humour and contradiction found in many Edmontonians, most Canadians and modern life in general.” —Ottawa Citizen

of 54

Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.