Be prepared for a bit of jumping around in this novel. It is written in three parts concentrating on three different people. First we meet Stuart who in a moment of rosy happiness lights a fire that empties his life of all his possessions. Then Mel takes over, a friend of Stuart's from twenty years ago who is now dying of cancer. Lastly, we meet her father, Hal, who lived as a Buddhist in Tibet for years and is now in a hospital in Montreal with Alzheimer's disease. I found the first two sections very engaging with an easy flow, sometimes humorous, sometimes sad. Hal's portion is short and overlaid by a book he wrote years previously on the history of the leper colony on Darcy Island just off Victoria I'm not sure why that was in there, and actually toward the end I began to skip over those parts. I did enjoy meeting the three characters and did not find the separation of the narratives a problem at all. Kept me interested.