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One Brother Shy
By (author): Terry Fallis
9780771050725 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Humorous / General May 30, 2017
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.7 x 8.2 x 1.1 in 400 pages McClelland & Stewart
From the two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and author of The Best Laid Plans, comes a new story about a man tormented by an event from his youth, and the journey he finds himself on to heal and to learn who he is.

Few people know the real Alex MacAskill. Most of the world sees a painfully and chronically shy software engineer in his mid-20s, soft-spoken, a bit of a loner, and someone easy to escape notice wherever possible—and that’s just the way Alex wants it. Because no matter how many years have passed, the incident known only as “Gabriel” in the MacAskill family is something that still haunts him.

But when his mother, one of the only people in the world who Alex felt comfortable as himself around, dies after a long illness, he suddenly has no choice but to face the very thing that he’s been avoiding since that night in high school. In an instant, Alex finds himself trying to piece together the mystery of his identity, and on a search for parts of his family he never knew existed—a search that takes him from Ottawa to London to Moscow, encountering along the way echoes of the Cold War, painful memories from his past, and even the 1972 Russian hockey team—a search that ultimately helps Alex discover himself.

With his trademark wit and captivating storytelling, Terry Fallis has written a novel unlike any of his others. One Brother Shy is at once poignant and humorous, heartbreaking and heartwarming, and readers will not soon forget Alex MacAskill.

SUPER SIX: M&S has been Terry Fallis’s publishing home since the start of his writing career. This is the sixth Fallis book we’re publishing!

STAR HOUSE AUTHOR: Terry, a two-time Leacock Medal winner, is undeniably one of the hardest working authors in the biz. In 2015 alone, he did nearly 100 events to promote his books. Readers love him, and he loves his readers.

NEW TERRY, BUT STILL THE SAME OLD TERRY: One Brother Shy is a bit of a departure for Terry. It is a more serious, slightly darker story about the long, lasting echoes of schoolyard bullying; decidedly less comedic and lighter on the line-by-line barbs, but still utterly heartwarming and poignant.

WHO DOESN’T LOVE TWINS?: Terry Fallis’s writing has always been inspired by his own life, and One Brother Shy is no different. He’s taken his own experience of having an identicial twin and made it the central part of this story.

RENEWED M&S RELATIONSHIP: One Brother Shy is the first book in a new two-book deal that we’ve just inked with Terry.

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 Follow @TerryFallis on Twitter.

Author Residence: Toronto

Marketing: Galleys

Targeted Digital Advertising

Social Media Promotions

Publicity: Author Tour

National Media & Events

National Review Mailing

Author Website:

Author Social Media: @TerryFallis

Praise for Terry Fallis

“Terry Fallis is fast becoming a master of fiction writing.”—Montreal Gazette

“Reading a Fallis novel is like watching The Big Bang Theory or some other well-scripted TV sitcom. You laugh, you are entertained, you return to your regular life slightly refreshed.” —Quill & Quire

“[Fallis is an] author who’s quickly becoming one of the country’s pre-eminent humour writers.”—

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