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The Butcher of Park Ex

The Butcher of Park Ex

and Other Semi-Truthful Tales

By Andreas Kessaris

Kessaris manages to convey a sense of shared history through the prose itself, bringing the Montreal immigrant experience to life with wry humour and painstaking attention to detail. —Montreal Review of Books

The Butcher of Park Ex is a humorous collection of personal stories inspired by the author's life growing up in Montreal's Park Extension neighbourhood, with Greek immigrant parents who never quite adapted to life in their new country. Never really fitting in with his ethnic community, and never feeling like part of mainstream Quebec or Canadian society, he sets out on an over forty-year search for answers, encountering amazingly interesting people and unique misadventures while trying to navigate a world where he is constantly the odd man out.


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Rambunctious, big-hearted and lively, this book is both entertaining and moving. Andreas Kessaris writes with ruthless honesty and tenderness about authentic characters, their misadventures and passions, and his memories of growing up in an iconic Montreal neighbourhood.

Cora Siré

A bittersweet but charming coming of age look at the universal Montreal immigrant experience. Brimming with a yearning innocent nostalgia, it brings the rich street scene of Park Extension to life with painstaking attention to the telling detail.

Tommy Schnurmacher, broadcaster and author of Makeup Tips From Auschwitz: How Vanity Saved My Mother’s Life

It gave me pleasure, made me laugh, made me think, and made me feel. What more can a reader ask?

Mark Abley, author of Spoken Here and The Organist


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About the author

Andreas Kessaris grew up in Montreal's Park Extension district, the son of Greek immigrants. He is a graduate of Dawson College and Concordia University, where he earned a BA in Communications & English. His column, Read On! with Andreas Kessaris, was a popular feature in the West-End community paper The Local Herald. His writing has also appeared on, in the literary journal The Write Place, on the Montreal entertainment website, The Miramichi Reader, and in The Montreal Review of Books. His first book, 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙪𝙩𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙀𝙭 & 𝙊𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙎𝙚𝙢𝙞-𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙚𝙨, was released in 2020 to great acclaim. Follow him on Twitter (@Akessaris) or Instagram (andreas_kessaris).