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Guests of Chance

Guests of Chance

Colleen Curran returns with her latest novel, Guests of Chance, completing the hilarious trilogy that has taken readers through break-ups, make-ups, fierce friendships, a trip to Hollywood and everything in between.

Starring Lenore Rutland, an unsophisticated but astute former singing waitress who owns a theme restaurant in Montreal, Guests of Chance is proof that life can be an adventure. The new novel picks up where Curran left off in Overnight Sensation.

Without skipping a beat, our heroine finds herself nervously flying away from her beloved Montreal to England, all the while reflecting on her "star turn" at the Oscars. She has left behind her beloved partner Benoît and her collection of unique friends: Madame Ducharme, who is doing time for poisoning six of her fellow jurors when they let a murderer go free; heartbroken Viola, whose lesbian lover has left for Toronto with her much younger, slimmer and more glamorous new love interest; Heidi's fireman brother Daniel, who hasn't told their parents that he's gay; Elspeth and her odious husband; and Madame's spoiled lap dogs, Montcalm and Brioche. Lenore's best friend Heidi, a professor of English, has persuaded Lenore to come to England with her for moral support as she tries to discover whether her handsome pen-pal "boyfriend" is the real deal.

Akin to Bridget Jones's Diary and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Guests of Chance is a laugh-filled romp with two inexperienced thirty-something travellers, enchanting new readers and making those who met Lenore in Something Drastic and Overnight Sensation fall in love with her all over again.


A former playwright-in-residence at Montreal's Centaur Theatre, Colleen Curran is now co-artistic director of the Triumvirate Theatre Company in Montreal.

"Sensational? You bet... Curran shows great dexterity in guiding a large cast through a complex plot." — Globe and Mail

"A genius for satire." — Chronicle Herald

"Colleen Curran plays for laughs and comes up with a winner." — Montreal Gazette

"If there's such a thing as genial anarchy, then Curran knows how to create it." — National Post

"Funny and refreshing... much fun to read." — Geist

"If Lenore is ingenuously wise, she's also dead-on funny." — Montreal Review of Books

298 pages
Pub date: October 1, 2005