Estates Large and Small


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Praise for Estates Large and Small

“The life of a middle-aged used bookseller in Toronto might not sound like promising fictional material, but in Estates Large and Small, Canadian novelist and critic Ray Robertson provides a warmhearted and unconventional love story that’s also an opportunity for a gentle encounter with some of life’s fundamental questions . . .. . With Phil’s droll humor and world-weary cynicism, and Caroline’s clear-eyed determination to live her final days on her own terms, the two make for an appealing couple. Like the philosophers they encounter, Estates Large and Small only hints at answers to life’s deepest mysteries, but it’s a wise reminder that the journey is really the point.”

Shelf Awareness

“What a book! I loved it!”

—Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, Washington

“[W]onderfully ragged, wise and defiantly exuberant . . . Ray Robertson’s sensibility, wit and heart carry Estates Large and Small effortlessly . . . Robertson excels at writing complete, flawed, entirely memorable characters. His ninth novel is his best yet, and my favourite for the year thus far.”

Words Worth Books, Waterloo, Ontario

“A funny, thoughtful, and heartbreaking love letter to the power of books and reading, Estates Large and Small is Robertson doing what he does best – asking probing questions about why and how we can best live and understand ourselves and one another. “

Open Book

“Estates Large and Small . . . teaches everything anyone would ever need to know, while making you laugh and breaking your heart in equal measure. Ray Robertson has an unwavering morality and like a lot of smart people, he’s really, really funny. This is my favourite of the year so far.”

49th Shelf

“This wry novel follows a struggling used bookstore owner and Grateful Dead fan as he grudgingly moves his store online, decides to teach himself two millenniums of Western philosophy, falls in love and attempts to pin down the point of life.”

New York Times

“Robertson’s wry humour has become a hallmark of his style, even — especially? — when he’s writing about some of the more difficult things in life: death, disease, purpose. Equally a hallmark is a preoccupation with philosophy, which he explores in ways that are accessible and edgy.”

Toronto Star