Kit Ingram, Paradise

Paradise, a novel

Literary and whimsical, Paradise is a coming-of-age story of first gay love.

Set in an idyllic Toronto summer—an Eden—before the era of dating apps, Chris must confront his truth and the darker forces that slither in the shadows. Enlivened by a troop of supporting characters, the story careens through the big questions, suggesting that the paradise of love might be as near but elusive as the landscapes of the imagination.

From campus life to the landscapes of Southern Ontario, Ingram weaves a tapestry of dazzling prose around a story that lingers like a dream.

A remarkable first work that has inspired me both personally and professionally. (Jeff Sobel)