The Only Café
SECRETS... What had happened to this high-flying Canadian lawyer in Lebanon, the country he fled as a refugee during its civil war? Pierre Cormier went missing after his boat exploded. Five years later, a single bone and a gold chain are recovered, and Pierre is declared dead.
Instead of a funeral, his will requests a “roast” at an unknown bar—The Only Café in Toronto’s east end. The guest list includes one mysterious name: Ari.
Pierre’s son Cyril, working on a story on homegrown terrorism, tracks down Ari—an Israeli who knew Pierre in Lebanon in the ’80s.
From contemporary Toronto to the grim massacre of Palestinian refugees in 1982, The Only Café is both a moving mystery and an illuminating exploration of how the traumatic past shadows every moment of the present.