Terry Fallis
One Brother Shy
June 13, 2020 Comments.. 590
One Brother Shy Terry Fallis 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 spokFrom 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 the KGB, 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.. One Brother Shy 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 himsel
  • Title: One Brother Shy
  • Author: Terry Fallis
  • ISBN: 9780771050725
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Barth Siemens says:

      I will admit that 5 stars was sort of a foregone conclusion, after this 1 I listened to the first eight chapters by podcast, 2 found out that Terry Fallis was doing a pre launch tour, travelled 7 hours to buy the book, and read the remainder on the way home It was worth every minute Funny, poignant, heart mending story telling.

    2. Laurie • The Baking Bookworm says:

      This book is filled with mystery, humour and heart Canadian author, Terry Fallis, has written an enjoyable story about Alex MacAskill, a man who tries to piece together a mystery about his family and find himself in the process.Fallis takes his readers on a journey to various cities Ottawa, London, Moscow, New York and touches on several deeper issues bullying, loss, family bonds, long lasting effects of humiliation These issues are told with Fallis signature humour, wit and his ability to write [...]

    3. Carolyn says:

      I very much enjoyed The Best Laid Plans for which Terry Fallis was awarded the Stephen Leacock Medal of Humour, and was chosen by CBC as the essential read of the decade I also liked The High Road.Alex MacAskill is a 25 year old software developer who is perfecting a facial recognition app He is extremely introverted, averts his eyes when it is necessary to speak to someone, and lacks friends He avoids talking to people, and we are shown his thoughts, often quite different than his words when fo [...]

    4. Gwen says:

      I received a copy of this book from Penguin Randomhouse Canada at my request in exchange for an honest review I have read all of Terry Fallis previous books and my by far the favorite is The Best Laid Plans so I was a little nervous about this book since I had specifically requested a copy for review purposes.My fears were unfounded My favorite book by the author remains The Best Laid Plans but this comes a very close second.The book begins with the reader being introduced to Alex MacAskill and [...]

    5. Catherine Coles says:

      A fun, plot driven read that follows the physical and emotional journey of Alex MacAskill, a painfully shy software engineer from Kanata, Ontario When his mother dies, Alex is thrown head first into a family mystery that will lead him to London, Moscow and back to Ottawa to confront personal demons stemming from an incident during his teenage years It has heaps of Canadiana plus a witty, underdog protagonist you want to root for typical Terry Fallis farestagram p BUruCsUDp

    6. Marnie says:

      I love this book I began reading it within hours of its arrival, having trouble putting it aside when it was time to sleep Mr Fallis extraordinary wit shines across the pages The quirky but touching storyline continues to captivate my imagination I highly recommend this novel, another winner for this wonderful author.

    7. Loralea says:

      I absolutely loved The Best Laid Plans, The High Road and Up and Down by Fallis, but wasn t as crazy about No Relation or Poles Apart so I didn t know what to expect with One Brother Shy To my delight, I found this book fell in line with his earlier novels and I had a hard time putting it down.Alex MacAskill, a software engineer, is an outwardly shy guy with a wicked internal sense of wit and humour Traumatized as a teenager by an incident referred to only as Gabriel, he only shares that inside [...]

    8. Patricia Filteau says:

      One Brother Shy was a satisfying read, as has been my experience with all of Terry Fallis novels to date I continue to marvel at how the author explores very serious subjects affecting primary relationships, social change, society and socio political influences I am glad he brought this novel home Of course, that he continues to write about what he knows, gives the reader the sense of credence and authenticity, I for one enjoy His writing is flawless exacting, error free, perfection making the r [...]

    9. Natasha says:

      I think it might be time for me to stop reading Terry Fallis books I enjoyed my first two reads of his but haven t really enjoyed one since I want to because the setting is familiar, the humour is in it, the characters are likeable But I get bored along the way.

    10. Kalyne says:

      I received this ARC from Penguin Random House This is the first book from Terry Fallis that I have read but it definitely will not be my last His writing kept me interested in the main characters and the story moving at just the right pace I loved the sentence above each chapter that referenced the main character Alex s previous past, it was a cleaver way of keeping you guessing I would highly recommend this book to everyone

    11. Anna says:

      Maybe of a 2.5 This was the weakest of the 3 books I have read by this author It was a really cute story idea and I enjoyed all the internal dialogue of the main character, especially in the beginning of the book But it was all just too simple for my taste The writing was simple, and it wrapped up all too simply I also found parts of it implausible Those who are already big fans of Terry Fallis or who are looking for a fun, easy and entertaining summer read will probably enjoy this very much.

    12. Ann says:

      Terry Fallis never fails to bring a smile to my face while reading one of his novels.This one, too, delights with his original brand of Canadian humour, while it also takes on serious issues.Alex MacAskill keeps his head down and avoids eye contact He tries to hide behind long hair and baseball caps He has a reason, though A good one But when his mother leaves him a mystery, he must move out of his comfort zone and confront his new future.I found the story started slowly, but built well and bec [...]

    13. Elen Ghulam says:

      Fun fast read.

    14. Wendy says:

      I really have liked all of Terry Falllis novels that I have read since I first saw The Best Laid Plans on CBC And there are aspects of One Brother Shy that I liked too However, I had three problems with this book that coloured my reaction to it The major problem is the whole Gabriel plotline that hangs over the book like a huge mystery However, I had figured out what it was very early on, even though I didn t know how it had happened My second problem is less bothersome, but in the final third o [...]

    15. Paula says:

      I stayed up until 1 30 am to finish it It was that good

    16. Bessie Sullivan says:

      Terry Fallis delivers again.

    17. Caroline Wilson says:

      Thoroughly enjoyable

    18. Lori Matheson says:

      Tough to rate this one I really enjoyed it so in a way a 3 star rating feels unfair But it was a bit too Canadian Not that there is anything wrong with being Canadian but I can t see it appealing to non Canadians I also currently work in a software development world so some of that humour was likely funnier to me than it would be otherwise Anyway a fun read for me at least.

    19. Sue Smith says:

      This was a fun read Terry Fallis has great characters that you really get in step with quickly view spoiler I especially liked the insight into having an identical twin and all the quirks they have, even when they meet 25 years later hide spoiler

    20. Teresa Reid says:

      Review to follow, but I ll just say that I continue to love Fallis s work.

    21. Gita says:

      This didn t disappoint A rather amusing story allowing an interesting glimpse into the world of identical twins, of which the author is himself.

    22. Despina says:

      I am loving it

    23. John Anderson says:

      Fallis finally finds a new plotline After five books that are essentially the same story with different characters, Fallis gives us a new and funny story It veers slightly off the rails into his old plot in chapter 13, but otherwise it s a funny, entertaining and easy read Well worth your time if you want little light and funny reading.

    24. Barbara Densmore says:

      Damn you, Terry Falliswhy don t I just book time off when your new books come out I gobbled this one up in 2 nites Sassy, smart and fun Well done

    25. Alexander Kosoris says:

      One Brother Shy is narrated by Alex MacAskill, an Ottawa developer working on the latest and greatest face recognition software He takes care of his ailing mother and, because of a mysterious, traumatic event in his past, he suffers from an almost debilitating shyness, so bad he can barely look coworkers in the eye when he engages in bare minimum social interaction with them In settling his mother s affairs and sorting through her possessions after her passing, Alex finds a photo of a man holdin [...]

    26. Russell Sanders says:

      Terry Fallis s One Brother Shy is a joyful read Fallis relates the tale of painfully shy, psychologically wounded Alex MacAskill To reveal anything than that would be to spoil the plot and spoil the reading of it For any other novel, a reader might say, But things happen so easily that it is not only unbelievable but a waste of time to read it I say that I fell in love with Alex so thoroughly that I loved there was very little conflict in the book Things happen, and I rejoiced for Alex when tho [...]

    27. Julia says:

      This was a very enjoyable read Fallis has a penchant for humour in the midst of the serious stuff in life.This this the story of a young man, Alex who is 25 years old Alex lives with his mother who is terminally ill He is a brilliant computer programmer and does well at his job Alex has never known his father He is also haunted by an incident that happened to him back in high school a number of years ago Because of this experience, he has become an extremely shy person, doing all he can to stay [...]

    28. Christine says:

      I like Terry Fallis books They are entertaining, and I always like his protagonists They re awkward and likeable and I find myself rooting for them His books are fun reads This one was no different, though parts of it were a bit annoying At some point the inside out voice thing needed to stop It became repetitive and irritating Some plot points were dead ends, and some things that seemed important were not Why did he take the copy of the Facetech software if it was not going to be an important p [...]

    29. Wendybrum says:

      I read this for my book club its a quick read The underlying theme of the impact of bullying plays out indirectly throughout the novel, and doesn t really come to the surface until the end It left me with questions about the main character for much of the story.The book also addresses a range of topics including single mothers, adoption, absent fathers, relationships, personalities, work and success As with other Fallis books, there is a happy ending and loose ends all seem to get tied up.The st [...]

    30. Jane Mulkewich says:

      As an identical twin himself, author Terry Fallis wanted to write about the experience of being an identical twin, and this is the book It was a good read and kept me turning pages, but on a deeper level, the story line is a bit contrived Fallis has created a family with so much love for each other but who could not arrange their lives to be reunited mostly for so many years, due to Soviet era politics And the mother dies without being reunited with one of her sons, which is profoundly sad when [...]

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