The House with the Parapet Wall
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Grieving the diminishment and death of his elderly mother, John finds solace in a seemingly unusual place: the stories (both historical and fanciful) of the nineteenth-century houses in his Hamilton neighbourhood and of the families which have inhabited them. With a well-honed knack for the circuitous route, John tackles weighty questions like ‘Why must we die?’ by following his curiosity into the bricks-and-mortar matters of our daily lives, understanding that the dwellings we construct do more than just shed the weather. They are also physical manifestations of our notions of ‘family’ and ‘home’.