Easy to Like
Written by Edward Riche
Publication Date July 14, 2012
Nominated for the BMO Winterset Award and the ReLit Award
From award-winning author Edward Riche comes a savagely funny satire about "C"-list screenwriter and wannabe vintner Elliot Johnson. Disillusioned by his floundering Los Angeles existence — his writing career is at a low, his struggling vineyard is being investigated by the Feds, and his son, a former child star, is in prison — Elliot does what any self-respecting wino would do: escape to France.
But fate has other things in store. Stranded in Canada by an expired passport, he is encouraged to remain there due to his bit part in a growing Hollywood scandal. Deciding that Toronto may just be the perfect city in which to lay low, Elliot kills time by bluffing his way to the top of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
From the deranged flakiness of Los Angeles cults to the bureaucratic rituals of Canadian culturecrats, Easy to Like is a brilliant satire about making and breaking public taste from one of our most exciting, unapologetic literary talents.
Short-listed for the BMO Winterset Award 2011
Long-listed for the ReLit Award 2012
Long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013
Edward Riche, an award-winning writer for page, stage, and screen, was born in Botwood on the Bay of Exploits on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. His first novel, Rare Birds, was adapted into a major motion picture starring William Hurt and Molly Parker, and his second novel, The Nine Planets, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and won the Thomas Raddall Head Award. Edward Riche lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
"[Edward Riche's] new satire wasn't just easy to like, it was finish-the-bottle-and-order-another delicious." Telegraph-Journal
". . . a fast-paced, sure-footed read . . . sparkling [with] wit and spice." Telegram
"It’s easy to like." National Post
". . . hilarious . . . laugh-out-loud funny . . ." Maclean's
"Riche’s prose is astute and bitingly comic ... the real pleasure comes from his richness of characters, ridiculous situations, and surprisingly believable comedic timing." Coast
"Easy to Like lives up to the promise of its title...Riche [has a] gift for withering turns of phrase..." Globe and Mail
"Riche is a breezy writer who creates fast-paced satires ... enjoy [his] acid wit [and] have a good laugh." Here NB
"... rich and textured ... [Easy to Like] will leave readers savouring its questions about artistic creation in a world that is preoccupied with superficial labels." The Province