Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart

Author: Syr Ruus
Genre: Fiction
Dimensions: 12 × 8 × 2 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: August 26, 2009
ISBN: 1-55081-263-7
EAN: 978-1-55081-263-3

Things no longer look the same for 45-year-old Emmanuel (“M”) Taggart.

Thinking he has a bad case of the flu, M leaves the office to embark on a road of self-discovery. Although the doctors find nothing medically wrong, M becomes convinced that he is suffering from an undiagnosed terminal disease, a brain tumour perhaps. During his brief period of “illness,” Emmanuel is increasingly peevish, irritable, mean, selfish, and nearly impossible for his long-suffering wife, Emily, to withstand. Moreover, M runs into Juhan Lipp, an old man for whom he immediately feels a unique and filial attachment. Juhan seems to have acquired the wisdom that M is lacking. Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart is a comedy, focusing upon the antics and perceptions of an ordinary person as he finally comes to terms with his own humanity.



“Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart explores a blurred divide between the commonplace and the surreal.”

– Fred Armstrong, CBC Broadcaster and author of Happiness of Fish

“[A] highly readable novel, full of memorable characters … She writes with wit and grace … The efforts of other characters to solve Emmanuel’s “problem” provide little solace to him, but plenty of humour for the reader.”

– Joan Givner, critic and author

“Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart is an off-kilter, but ultimately insightful novel… done in a funny, crisp way. It is hard to believe this is a debut novel.”

-Chad Pelley,, January 2010

“The confident writing and the interesting twists go deep and keep you reading.”

-Sharon Hunt, The Chronicle Herald

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