The Good Mayor

Publisher: Vintage Canada
This magical debut novel is a love story. It is also a story of loss, magic, friendship, wonderful food, a brass band, an Italian witch, a large lawyer, an occasional dog and a car chase at a walking pace. Set in the little town of Dot in a forgotten part of the Baltic, it tells the life of Tibo Krovic, the good and honest mayor of Dot, and his love for his secretary, the beautiful, lonely — and married — Mrs. Agathe Stopak. In the quiet, respectable town there is nothing that Tibo can do about his love for Mrs. Stopak. Then one day, when she accidentally drops her lunch into a fountain, everything changes — and their lives will never be the same. Read The Good Mayor and fall in love again.


In the year Blank, when A-K was governor of the province of R, Good Tibo Krovic had been mayor of the town of Dot for almost twenty years.

These days, not many people visit Dot. Not many people have a reason to sail so far north into the Baltic, particularly not into the shallow seas at the mouth of the River...
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“An extraordinary achievement. . . . A seriously original and profoundly creative piece of literature.”
The Scotsman

“One of the best books I have ever read — it has a humour and lightness of touch that hooked me from the first page to the last.”
The Daily Telegraph

“Clearly the handiwork of a master storyteller.”
The Financial Times