The Pessimist


Morwyn Brebner

About the Book

The Pessimist introduces us to a motley troupe of artists: Marcus, a dying theatre director, his wife, a playwright, a wanna-be actress, and a neophyte politician join forces to stage a play in the garbage dump of a small Ontario town. Their rented farmhouse becomes a refuge from reality where romance, sex, cameraderie and conversation attempt to stave off the inevitable. This Chekhovian idyll is punctuated by metaphorical zombies, women bearing pies, strange sounds in the night—and suffused with love and loss. A philosophical romantic comedy, The Pessimist asks us to consider how we keep living, when life as we know it is ending.

The Pessimist is a companion piece to Brebner’s The Optimists (Scirocco Drama, 2006), which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

72pp 5.5 x 8.5 in