The novel introduces Tillie Bloom, a wacky installation artist, who reconnects with three former friends—women she had hung out with in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s—in a four-day reunion at Whistler, B.C. The new intimacy they experience prompts them to celebrate their approaching sixtieth birthdays together, as well as the millennium, in Venice, Italy, (publisher)
This is a sentimental reunion of four friends in B.C., Canada and then on to Venice, prompting the title of the book, A Divine Comedy. We learn about the Toronto art underground, the semi-bohemian life, and their friendships since the 1950s. They revisit their youth in this reunion, and call themselves the Muskrateers in Venice, with only Tillie's mom's illness and looming death adding a damper to the atmosphere.
A book about friendship despite hardships in their lives along the way. The novel reads like a story close to the author, as if many of these events are based on her own experiences. Well worth reading.
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Submitted to the 12th Annual Canadian Book Challenge.