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1 Heighton, Steven THE SHADOW BOXER
Toronto, ON Alfred A. Knopf 2000 0676971938 / 9780676971934 First Canadian Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
Only slight wear. Dust jacket in Mylar. A tight bright book.; 384 pages; Heighton chronicles the arduous artistic journey of the precocious but troubled Sevigne Torrins, who starts off by ditching a promising pugilistic career to follow his literary muse. The early chapters focus on his difficult relationship with his father, a former sailor drinking himself to death on the shores of Lake Superior, followed by a road-travel sequence that takes him to Egypt, where his mother has lived for years with her second husband. Most of the book, however, revolves around two romantic relationships, the first with a sexy, rabidly ambitious fellow writer, Una Sutherland, and the second and more lasting with a woman nearly 10 years older than Sevigne, 34-year-old singer Mikaela Chandler, whose biological clock is ticking with a vengeance. Heighton writes evocatively about the undercurrents of lust, creativity and ennui that shape the two situations. But he saves his most powerful work for the finale, when Sevigne isolates himself at his family's cottage on a remote island near Toronto, where a series of catastrophes reduce his winter writing retreat to a hovel and he contracts an infection that forces him to perform a grisly self-amputation. 
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