But in this genderbent retelling of Homer’s Odyssey set in the 2003 Northeastern Blackout, nothing so simple can ever go according to plan.
Before even boarding the shuttle bus in the east end, she manages to piss off the supernatural, getting a mystical bounty placed on her head. Before long, she’s navigating a haunted department store that exists out of time and space, giving dating advice to the lord of the underworld, dodging Russian mobsters and Toronto raccoons, and staging acoustic battles of the bands. All while in a broken pair of heels, just trying to hail a ride–or even find a working pay phone–before the hussy across the hall makes a play for her boyfriend Dylan’s affections (and home-cooked meal).
Mallory’s stubborn defiance in the face of the weirdness she stumbles on is endlessly entertaining, and her adventures double as a travelogue through famous Toronto sights. Feistner captures beauty, strangeness, and distinct Torontonian flair in her humorous, energetic prose. Fans of fresh takes on classics and quirky quests will find much to love.