Missy Marston

Missy Marston grew up near Iroquois, Ontario, on the same street where daredevil Ken “The Mad Canadian” Carter built a giant ramp to jump the St. Lawrence River in the 1970s. Missy’s writing has appeared in various Canadian publications, including the incredible Hingston & Olsen Short Story Advent Calendar.  Her first novel, The Love Monster, was the winner of the 2013 Ottawa Book Award, a finalist for the CBC Bookie Awards and for the Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers’ Choice. She lives in Ottawa with her husband, Peter Shmelzer, and the two small dogs with which they have replaced their grown children.

Bad Ideas

Wildly funny and wonderfully moving, Bad Ideas is about just that — a string of bad ideas — and the absurdity of love.

Trudy works nights in a linen factory, avoiding romance and sharing the care of her four-year-old niece with Trudy’s mother, Claire. Claire still pines for Trudy’s father, a St. Lawrence Seaway construction worker who left her twenty years ago. Claire believes in true love. Trudy does not. She’s keeping herself to herself. But when Jules Tremblay, aspiring daredevil, walks into the Jubilee restaurant, Trudy’s a goner.

Loosely inspired by Ken “the Crazy Canuck” Carter’s attempt to jump the St. Lawrence River in a rocket car, and set in a 1970s hollowed-out town in eastern Ontario, Bad Ideas paints an indelible portrait of people on the forgotten fringes of life. Witty and wise, this is a novel that will stay with you a long time.