Entitlement is the tragic, wrenching story of Andy Kronk. After a lifetime intertwined with the Aspinalls, one of Canada’s wealthiest families, Andy has finally forged a clean break. Mere months pass, however, before his past returns, and he finds himself, obediently, digging.
At its heart, Entitlement is a story about identity – about who we think we are and where we really stand. Set in rural Ontario and with excursions to Toronto and New York City, the novel takes a provocative and honest look at class, power, male relationships, death, and the familial bonds that tie, protect and harm us most.
Andy’s story is revealed to Trudy Clarke. Writing an Aspinall “tell-all” biography, she wants Kronk’s take for her book. Reluctantly, Andy agrees to talk. He begins by explaining that when he quit practising law, all he wanted was a clean start and the privacy to live life on his own terms. But, as he explains over the course of a weekend interview, his boyhood boarding school entanglement with one of Canada’s elite families became complicated – and remains strong. As the weekend progresses, Andy grows comfortable. When he realizes that he’s gone too far, said too much, it’s too late.
Written in forceful prose, with a poet’s ear, Jonathan Bennett’s Entitlement does for the world of power and privilege what David Adams Richards has done for the hardscrabble blue collar men and women of his award-winning novels—tearing down myths to reveal something essentially, and always, heartbreakingly human.
longlisted for the ninth annual Relit Awards
“A smart, nervy exploration of how class quietly rules” —Walrus
“Jonathan Bennett’s Entitlement is a devastatingly earnest examination of power, secrets, and loyalty between friends. Deftly written suspense ultimately gives way to an intense, unforgettable conclusion that will have readers ruminating long after the tale is all told.” —Scene Magazine
Length: 288 pp
Setting: Canada and US
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Jonathan Bennett’s first novel, After Battersea Park was published in 2001 to critical acclaim. His writing has appeared in many literary journals, newspapers, and magazines. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he now lives and writes in Peterborough, Ontario.
Jonathan Bennett’s website can be found at www.jonathanbennett.com