(From the publisher):
Fifth Business, which one critic said was "as masterfully executed as anything in the history of the novel," might be described simply as the life of a Canadian schoolteacher named Dunstan Ramsay. But such a description would not even suggest the dark currents of love, ambition, vengeance, and death that flow through this powerful work, cast in the form of Ramsay's memoirs. As Ramsay writes, he reveals his influence on other people -- on Boy Staunton, who, one day in 1908, threw a snowball with a stone in it; on Mary Dempster, whom it hit; on Paul Dempster, her son, born prematurely because of the blow; and on the ravishingly beautiful Leola Cruikshank, whom Staunton grew up to marry and, eventually, to destroy.
Original title: Fifth Business
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Rural & Small Town Life