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Shadow Life
By (author): Michael Decter
Michael Decter


Cormorant Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Flaps
Paperback , Trade, Flaps


General Trade
Oct 22, 2022
$24.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 0.69 in | 286 gr

Page Count:

244 pages
Cormorant Books
FICTION / Literary
Fiction: general and literary|Narrative theme: Interior life
Central Ontario

In one minute, delivering a not guilty verdict at the end of the trial for a disturbing murder of a child, Matthew Rice’s life begins to unravel. The very structures his life is built upon start to collapse.

Matthew retreats to Quarry Island in Georgian Bay, where he loses his wallet in a boating mishap. Among the pieces of identification he needs to replace is his birth certificate, but he’s informed it’s not on file.

His birth certificate was a forgery. Not only have the foundations of his life given way, his very identity is shattered.

Matthew learns that the woman who raised him was his father’s second wife, and that his real mother died when he was a baby. What began as a search for a replacement for his birth certificate becomes a search for a woman who was a trailblazing journalist. His search takes him on a journey to Sydney, Australia, Boston, and Dublin; it results in the possession of the journals his mother kept up to her dying days in 1952. These entries are a window into a fascinating woman and a distant time not so different from our own.

Still unsure of his place in a world that has changed in ways he has difficulty completely understanding, he returns to Quarry Island in Georgian Bay, where he stocks up on books and a case of good Scotch to sit out the end of his world as he knew it.

But fate has more in store for Matthew than he can understand.

Matthew Rice uncovers a family secret after taking a leave of absence from his job following a traumatizing jury duty experience.

As part of the main character’s unravelling, he becomes a survivalist and stocks a bunker with food, toiletries, and an abundant supply of 12-year-old scotch.

The story is set all over the world, but the main location is Quarry Island in Georgian Bay.

The author was awarded the Order of Canada in 2004 and a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2017. He has 30 years of writing experience.

Michael Decter intends to do a national tour for the book.

A Harvard University graduate, Michael Decter was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2017 and the Order of Canada in 2004. He has written three non-fiction books on healthcare, three on investment, a memoir, and Tales from the Back Room, a collection of political stories. Decter has also written about health and healthcare in the Literary Review of Canada, contributed op-ed pieces to the Toronto Star and The Globe & Mail, and for several years he wrote a column for Osprey Media. Born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, Decter now lives in Toronto, ON. Shadow Life is his first novel.

- Author intends to do a national tour for the book, with stops in BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS, PE, and NL (all except NU, NT, and YT).
- National, international, and regional review mailing & interview pitches, particularly CBC (The Current, The Next Chapter), The Agenda (TVO), Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, The Walrus, Kirkus, Toronto Star, MacLeans, Toronto Life
- Pitch for interview in Open Book - Festivals/event pitches including TIFA, Word on the Street, TPL
- Social media influencer pitches (Bloggers, Instagrammers, BookTubers)
- Social media promotions, including cover reveal, review mentions, interview appearances, etc.
- Award submissions
- Advertising
For more information contact
[email protected]

Shadow Life is an empowering novel in which a troubled, hopeless man decides what’s worth fighting for.”

- Eileen Gonzalez, Foreword

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