Toby is a men's etiquette commentator on the top-rated television chain in Quebec and Eastern Ontario. He rises above Montreal on a series of billboards. He has it all. But in the days after his father has a startling accident, Toby makes a series of terrible, wincing choices. He is fired from his job and loses his superb condo, his beautiful girlfriend, and his black sapphire metallic BMW 335i sedan. Worse still, he is forced to move back to the grey Montreal suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeaux and live in the basement of his parents' bungalow. His Blackberry goes silent. He has no saviours. He has reached the limits of misery and humiliation. But his father's increasingly frightening behaviour is where the real trouble, and risk, lies. Who is this man? What can Toby do to help? Is there room for the lost arts of dignity and grace in his parents' basement? Then, in a moment of misplaced gallantry, Toby encounters an unstable Francophone mother who disappears and abandons her two-year-old son, Hugo, to his care. Trapped with a toddler and forced to deal with his father's tragedies, Toby emerges from the basement bungalow of his thirties -- muddy, broke, bruised, heartbroken -- but finally, a man.
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