A bold and gripping literary debut about three very different sisters who return to their family home to face imminent tragedy and their tumultuous pasts.
Summoned to their magnificent family home on the shores of Lake Ontario--a paradisiacal mansion perched on an escarpment above the city--three adult sisters, George, Jax, and Pippa, come together in what seems like an act of family solidarity. Pregnant and unwell, the youngest, Pippa, has left her husband and four young children in New Zealand and returned home to heal. But home to this family means secrets, desire, and vengeance--and feasting on the sexual appetites and weaknesses of others. Each daughter has her own particular taste and overlaying everything are their parents, with unquenchable desires and cravings of their own.
As the affluent family endures four intense days in one another's company, old fissures reappear. When long-buried truths finally come to light, the sisters and their parents must face the unthinkable consequences of their actions.
Summer Cannibals is a riveting, psychological story of lust, betrayal, and family from a dazzling new voice in Canadian fiction.
In Hobson's scattershot debut, three grown sisters Georgina, Jax, and Pippa converge on their troubled parents' waterfront mansion along the banks of Lake Ontario. Ostensibly summoned there for a garden tour, each of the sisters arrives burdened with emotional baggage: Pippa, eight months pregnant, has curiously left her husband and four children back in New Zealand; Georgina, an academic, is alienated from her own husband, also an academic; Jax, also married, has unresolved romantic issues with a high school love interest. Add to this confluence of marital drama the bizarre, licentious relationship between the women's parents, David and Margaret, and the plot starts to seem like a few bad marriages too many. The tour leaves David's beloved garden trampled, then a mysterious young woman, dubbed "Goldilocks" by Margaret, shows up sleeping in a guest room bed. From there, the novel tips into melodramatic territory, as readers discover of a slew of secrets and revelations, including Pippa's husband's interest in polyamory. Though occasionally evocative, the writing isn't precise or particular enough to sustain interest in the novel's various scandalous threads. The stately house at the center of the novel exerts a profound hold on its characters, one that never fully grabs the reader.